Jennifer Kite-Powell
2 min readAug 3
Photo by Fausto García-Menéndez on Unsplash

I keep looking around corners to see if I’m still me.

That I’m okay.

I always approach a corner like a ninja to avoid unnecessary shocks or catastrophic emotions that would be difficult to unfeel.

Sometimes corners look innocent, a perfect seam merging two paths into a buttery, harmonious edge.

Those are the corners I used to like.

But lately I see a lot of edges made of my favorite fictitious metal — adamantium — which cuts me so deep I will bleed out before the paramedics arrive.

That’s morbid.
I’m sorry.
I don’t know why I am talking about bleeding out from a corner made of a fictitious metal.

I merely want to point out that some corners have buttery edges and others don’t.

It’s obvious. Sharp edges are there to hurt you.
Avoid that corner, it will cut you, go another way.

Soft corners seem so easy. I can just tip-toe arond them leaving all that other stuff I didn’t want to bring with me to the other side.

So I cheer myself on with Issa Ray-sized mirror affirmations. And the world around me cheers me on with thumbs up, flame and heart emojiis.

Before I know it, these soft corners with their dulcet songs from the past have wedged themselves in the warmest and most diabolical sections of my brain — the place where nostalgia lives.

I can’t resist the temptation to scooch around that smooth edge and roll around naked in all those memorized emotions.

Oh the glow of that warm, cozy, sexy, smooth nostalgia.
Misty water-colored memories with no substance.

Then one day, I’m tending to 10,000 Italian honey bees buzzing around my head and I realize that soft corners are treacherous.

Instead of stepping into a new self, I was drowning in echos of my past.

Turns out, I left nothing behind and it all just hitched a ride into my new life.

But, I am pleased to report that I sleep better since I started walking around those sharp corners. The adamantium edges of the sharp corner did me a favor.

It let me bleed out.
And now I know I am okay.

Jennifer Kite-Powell

Speculative poet, flash fiction writer, author, podcaster & Forbes senior contributor. Read my work here, on substack or at