The Acoustics of Amen

Chapel Top
by Kayla Pongrac

took a train to see you and never
came home in the tearducts of my mind we are
arm-wrestling with New Hampshire and you take me
sushi-shopping and sight-seeing but she can’t stop
thinking about the top of the chapel      praying praying
praying praying praying praying      Amen.

wait, I’m not done writing you this poem yet      suddenly
we are sitting inside a club listening to acoustic and you lean
into my right ear and whiskey whisper that you love how her guitar is so out of
tune but her voice is in shape      your dusty twenty buys me a necklace that feels like a decorated rubber band around my neck and I’ll wear it like I wear my shoelaces tied:
two loops, one knot.


Kayla Pongrac is an avid writer, reader, tea drinker, and vinyl record spinner. When she’s not writing creatively, she’s writing professionally—for two newspapers and a few magazines in her hometown of Johnstown, PA. To read more of Kayla’s work, visit or follow her on Twitter @KP_the_Promisee.


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I am a dreamer, as well as a doer, who lives in the North Georgia mountains. I started my publishing journey August of 2013, have had moderate success, but my utmost passion is my "daytime" job, which is working with adults who are constantly striving to better their lives as they obtain the GED credential.

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