A Video and a Poem

In an effort to start this site off strong, my first real post is including both a video and a poem. In case, y’know, the title of this post didn’t make that clear enough.

The video is hosted on my YouTube channel, which I would encourage you to check out if you haven’t already, but I’ll also embed it here. It’s a video that I originally made for my Class of 2017 Valedictorian campaign, but I decided to reupload it (without the original campaign slogan-y ending) for anyone who wants to see it.

I think it provides a good sample of some of the creative projects I want to pursue through the channel and this site, both in terms of writing and video production, so be sure to let me know what you think!

Now, to fulfill the second half of my promise, here’s a poem that I first wrote back in August, but have been tinkering with little by little since then.

Eulogy for a Porcupine

I killed him this morning.

I was on the highway
before dawn,
didn’t have my high beams on.

I barely felt the impact,
nothing more than a small pothole
or an insignificant bump in the road.

The sound, though, gave it away:
a dull thud followed by a mumbled rattle –
the same one I hear when driving over loose gravel –
as the body and quills were pulled beneath the undercarriage.

I will admit that I flinched
but I kept driving
because I had to,
because it wouldn’t make a scrap of difference
if I stopped.

I clenched my hands on the steering wheel
and tried to start humming along to the radio again
in a cracked key and stilted tone,

but my mind was already ten minutes ahead,
imagining myself in the driveway at home
with a jittery flashlight and notepad
inspecting the front of my car
for blood and other damage.

Author: Mitchell

I'm 22 and currently pursuing my MA in Creative Writing at the University of Toronto.

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