Kat’s Corner: “Empty Chairs”


Kat’s Corner is a poetry segment that is open to student submission. If you would like your piece potentially published, email the culture editor at krwoods@ksu.edu. This following piece is from the Collegian’s news editor, Kaylie McLaughlin.

The names of the boys I have loved
are still places set at the table
on my tongue,
the hopefulness and longing found at the
empty chairs marking my rejection.

I keep adding leaves to the table,
making room for more syllables strung
together that will burn like the
coffee I slurp so impatiently
every morning.

Kaylie Mclaughlin
My name is Kaylie McLaughlin and I'm the Editor in Chief of the Collegian. I grew up just outside of Kansas City in Shawnee, Kansas. I’m a junior in digital journalism with a minor in French and a secondary focus in international and area studies. As a third generation K-Stater, I bleed purple and my goal is to serve the Wildcat community with accurate coverage. I am fueled by a lot of coffee and I spend my (sparse) free time watching stand-up comedy.