Skip to Content, Navigation, or Footer.
The Daily Cardinal Est. 1892
Monday, April 12, 2021
Tilted heart made of lots of jigsaw puzzle pieces
A pile with lots of small jigsaw puzzle pieces having a gray back and a front picture made of cyan and green colors. They are arranged in the shape of a heart, on a white background.


All articles featured in Almanac are creative, satirical and/or entirely fictional pieces. They are fully intended as such and should not be taken seriously as news.


I can’t find it

A way to connect

To you

Or them

Or that teacher who is preaching

or that preacher who is “teaching”

Myself, even?

I can’t describe the distaste 

And white-hot frustration

A grit I cannot scratch off my teeth or lick off my lips

A bitter

Enjoy what you're reading? Get content from The Daily Cardinal delivered to your inbox

Bitter grit 

That isn’t enough

Grasping at straws

Those damned slippery straws


My pen hits the paper


Glides and sprints and dashes across the lines and folds and doodles I scratched

When I could no longer listen to them

ALL of them

And even you 

And especially myself 

So my fingers drill the keys

And my eyes scan the lines

And pages

And novels 

And series and libraries

Libraries filled with tales and tactless endeavors and calculations

So many fucking calculations

But I still can’t find it


A master observer

Maybe that’s all I am

And ever will be

Because I still just cannot find it 

Support your local paper
Donate Today
The Daily Cardinal has been covering the University and Madison community since 1892. Please consider giving today.

Powered by SNworks Solutions by The State News
All Content © 2021 The Daily Cardinal