Imprint by Kayla King

girl sunset
Photo courtesy of Cassoday Harder

The memory of you
feels so real. It glitters there,
in the back of my

neck, filtering through
marrow & veins & flesh that
once felt imprinted

with your scent. It’s what
they call sillage and I have
to believe them, if

only to know you
might still be with me in some
molecular way.

And I think of your
particles filling me up,
lightning bugs waiting

to be captured in
a glass jar & kept until
all the stars burn out.






Cassoday Harder is a twenty-year-old photographer inspired by youth, femininity, and summer. View more of her work on Flickr or visit her website.

Kayla King
Kayla King is a writer of poetry and fiction. She is an editor for One For One Thousand and as such, reads great stories and contributes her own flash fiction. She is the Blog Manager and Staff Reviewer at Young Adult Books Central, which means she loves to read and review books almost as much as she loves writing! Kayla graduated from Buffalo State College with her B.A. in Writing. She received her MFA in Fiction from Southern New Hampshire University. You can find her website and blog at


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