Kat’s Corner: House of Cards


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.

It seemed probable,
quite possibly inevitable
that he could be mine,
no matter what games we played
and no matter what blew this way,
it was only a matter of time.

But that moment, it never came
although it seemed only
a breath away,
just beyond my reach,
a foot above my head,
like a jar hidden upon the top shelf.

And I began to wonder
if maybe I was just
a spade in his house of cards,
an ace in his hand,
hidden and bluffed about until
the opportune moment arose.

That’s the thing about houses
made from cards,
they are flimsy and don’t last.
They fall, collapsing in a heap
on the table almost silently, never
truly rising to the occasion.

Kaylie Mclaughlin
My name is Kaylie McLaughlin and I'm the managing editor and audience engagement manager of the Collegian. Previously, I've been the editor-in-chief and the news editor. In the past, I have also contributed to the Royal Purple Yearbook and KKSU-TV. Off-campus, you can find my bylines in the Wichita Eagle, the Shawnee Mission Post and KSNT News. I grew up just outside of Kansas City in Shawnee, Kansas. I’m a senior 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.