she waits to be pried open
and display her water socket
seedlings stuck in stiff lining

hot with patience
eager to burst and stain
his soft tongue pick and finger skin

Elaina Whitesell received her undergraduate degree in the Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University. She currently occupies a position as editorial intern for Cleaver Magazine. Elaina often writes on the relationship between the city and nature, transhumanism, and opera.