Game Enjambment is a reoccurring poetry series on games and gaming.
This poem is an exploration into the themes of Undertale. What makes us human? What does it mean to be a “human?” Am I human? Are you?
[i’ve been thinking about DETERMINATION]
i’ve been thinking about DETERMINATION. i’ve been thinking about MERCY. i’ve been thinking about HUMAN. i’ve been thinking about MONSTER. i’ve been thinking about SOUL. i’ve been thinking about EXECUTION. i’ve been thinking about VIOLENCE.
only one word has been mentioned.
if you buy a spider pastry, a spider girl thinks you’re worthy.
inside your heart is a crawling itch. the itch hovers and you want to hurt. the itch hovers and you want to protect.
if you are kind in tongue but sharpen your sight, what are you? if you knock down blue, can you sprint from your karmic wind? i’ve been thinking how unfair a flower was to me once. flowers are human. i’m a flower. so are you.
if you are a violent eye, if you are a soft word, if you are a misplaced beat, if you are a thoughtful pastry
you’re a soul.
Ashley Miranda is a Guatemalan/Mexican poet & teacher from Chicago. Her debut poetry collection Thirteen Jars: How Xt’actani Learned to Speak was published by Another New Calligraphy. Her chapbook dolores in spanish is pain, dolores in lolita is a girl is forthcoming with Glass Poetry Press. She tweets impulsive poetry and other musings @dustwhispers and you can learn more about her work at agirlaloof.com.