A Journal

"I'm going to come back to West Virginia when this is over. There's something ancient and deeply-rooted in my soul. I like to think that I have left my ghost up one of those hollows, and I'll never really be able to leave for good until I find it. And I don't want to look for it, because I might find it and have to leave".----Breece D'J Pancake, in a letter to his mother. 

Molly McGhee 





to watch as girls at the bar
take off their clothes two items
at a time, everyone is both
impressed and unimpressed
everyone bites down hard 
on a lime. later everyone
will go in for root canal later
everyone will develop carpal tunnel 
the body of everyone a carpool lane
slowly merging left 
left out are the girls, 
but everyone includes everyone
eventually it is you
who must learn
to shuck skin









this is everyone and you are everyone
we are everyone are not everyone

the man in the rocker
is one of every five of everyone

and it is true
everyone wants a revolver 

to put 
to everyone’s head

life is only 
a series of doors 

at the jambs

a bad metaphor
for something else 

I have an obsidian ring my sister gave me that I wear every day. Obsidian (Volcanic Glass) is known for being one of the least combustible, toughest types of glass in the world. When I wear it I like to think that dedication eventually trumps even the most trying situations. The ring isn't something anyone else notices, but it really helps me to stay motivated during the long Vermont winters. December through March in Burlington, Vermont is it's own special kind of hell--every year that I survive is honestly a complete surprise.

Molly McGhee was raised in the bible-belted south and has a collection of feelings about it. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Split Lip Magazine, The Bohemyth, and Willard & Maple. Currently, she is studying the Ambiguity of Being at Champlain College, in Burlington, Vermont. If needed to consult on such matters, she may be reached via twitter at @mollymcghee.