Amy Middleton

Spilled Coffee

I spilled my coffee and burned a hole through the earth.

The monsters that live in Earth’s core emerged and thanked me

for my help, each one shaking my hand before wandering off.

Every day passed with more and more news stories:

“Three-Headed Dragon—The Newest NFL Player!”

No one ever asked me how the monsters escaped. They only

said, “Can you believe it?” One eight-foot lizard moved in

upstairs and threw parties every night.

It was only then that I wondered if I had made a mistake.

Amy Middleton, from Westchester, New York, is a third-year student at SUNY Purchase. She is double majoring in graphic design and creative writing, with a concentration in poetry. She is on the editorial board of Italics Mine, SUNY Purchase’s literary magazine.