Acorn Street

June 21, 2023

I wanted to write a poem

But the scenery made me wordless.

Carving through cobblestones

And long-hanging ivy,

Too afraid to touch the masterpiece—

The trauma took our voices.

Red brick and black doors,

I’m not good enough to make it sound pretty.

Every writer, average as the next.

What I see is too beautiful to be pinned down

By me

Under weak and rhymeless



M.M. Cochran is the author of YA novel Between the Ocean and the Stars and has an educational background in English and creative writing. She has worked in the journalism industry, as well as the agenting and publishing industry, and she is currently a news reporter for The Greer Citizen. M.M. can be found collecting coffee mugs, slipping into an oversized sweater, and hanging out with her standard poodle. Her debut novel, Between the Ocean and the Stars, can be found online at or To keep up with her writing journey, follow her on Instagram @m.m.cochran_writer.

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