By Mariah Marquez


to exist solely in the space between your arms,


to exalt in the scent and shape and very texture of your chest,


    to capture in these, my frail words, the beauty in your eyes and smile that, itself,

captures me, 


to lay myself down next to you,

to feel every coarse thought in my mind soften,

to find in the air around you the ability to simply




Mariah Marquez is a graduate student at San Diego State University, pursuing an MA in

English, specializing in American Literature. She has been published in pacificREVIEW’s 2020

annual Synchronous. She doesn’t know much, but what she does know she writes poetry

about—love, art, and falling apart.