A Crimson Colored Map

by Rebecca McGilloway


The president’s cue card says

the sun will rise tomorrow,

but this is not the same sun

that rose yesterday.


This one is overcast,

leaden, swelled upon by



The weather man says

the sky will clear in four years,

but my bones may not survive

this swampy heat

and scorching rays

set upon my skin by

the deepest red this sun

has ever seen.

Created: November 29, 2016

Age: 24

State: Massachusetts


Becca McGilloway, a 24 year old Massachusetts native, is a graduate of Emerson College where she received a bachelor of fine arts degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing. She’ll be continuing her education in poetry and creative writing later this year at The Stonecoast MFA program.