L.J. Gallagher

Thank you for walking me home

I love you like autumn sun
Illuminating saffron leaves on trees,
In acoustic cover songs and
Midnight walks home.

I'll let your love wreck me
Over and over again,
Have your heart teach me words 
In a language only souls understand.

Are your favorite the confetti leaves,
Or the bushes whose dried flowers
Could be Pennsylvanian plantain peels?
The stone gray skies, or the secure sensation
Of trees shading our temples from
An icy October drizzle?

Mine is the uneven staircase I would have
Tumbled down if not for your
Hand in mine.

L.J. Gallagher is a 21-year-old undergraduate student at Villanova University pursuing a double major in Finance and English with a minor in Creative Writing. She is planning on working in investment banking after graduation. Her work has also been featured in Villanova's Ellipsis and Moonstone Arts' New Voices. L.J. most enjoys writing about travel, nature, memory, and LGBTQ+ relationships. Her favorite poets are Seamus Heaney, Maggie Smith, Natasha Trethewey, and Taylor Swift.