Brittany Hill


Why did you come and talk with me today?
I loved a girl; she left and broke my heart.
Well, for a price, I'll take your cares away!

I do hope that you can afford to pay…
Exactly when will the therapy start?
Why did you come and talk with me today?

Was it some broken heart? What did you say?
I feel as if my soul's been ripped apart.
Well, for a price, I'll take your cares away!

Perhaps you need a scrip: "Take twice a day".
No, no…I'm just another broken heart.
Then why'd you come and talk with me today?

I cannot see the time; please move away.
I need advice! Something like a life chart.
Well, for a price, I'll take your cares away!

I think our time is up; what's left to say?
I loved a girl; she left and broke my heart.
So why'd you come and talk with me today?
No price will ever take that pain away.

Grandma's Relationship Advice to Me on My 16th Birthday

That is not like a lady! Act like so:
Walk straight and dignified with hands on hips.
A lady never interrupts, you know…

This is the way things were some time ago:
Chest out! Butt in! Keep pride at fingertips.
Always be like a lady! Act like so:

Don't slouch! Don't pout! A smile will make you glow.
First dates never get pass your puckered lips…
A lady never interrupts, you know!

You never try to catch a man, he shows
The world to you—now that is true courtship!
Be treated like a lady? Act as so.

I've got some good advice for dinner, too!
You must not ever gulp! Take tiny sips.
A lady never interrupts! You know,

Your mom had this advice some years ago—
And she's happily married from my tips.
She's always stayed a lady, honey, so…
A lady never interrupts you know!


Brittany Hill is a graduate of Fairfield University with a BA degree in Psychology and a minor in English. She also has an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University where she concentrated extensively on various poetic genres. She was an associate editor of Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose. She was also part of Fairfield University's "Poetry by Stealth" initiative, which was comprised of the best poets on Fairfield University's campus, and was also a judge for Poetry for Peace, a poetry competition for kindergarten through eighth grade students in Fairfield and Bridgeport. In Fairfield University's MFA program, she was the poetry co-editor for their online journal, Mason's Road, which is now the new causewaylit. She is currently an adjunct English professor at several universities and freelance editorial consultant. Brittany has been published in Mezzo Cammin (June 2011), WestWard Quarterly (Winter 2012), The Waterhouse Review (2013), and has work forthcoming in assorted journals. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time reading suspense thrillers, composing music, traveling with family, and singing as a professional musician.


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HANDWRITING THE CONSTITUTION is a social art practice which O’Hara began in January 2017. It is a process by which people come together for a specific time period to handwrite the Constitution. This practice encourages a quiet, introspective process, a form of activism for introverts. As people copy out texts which guarantee freedom and human rights, a strong sense of community is silently created. www.handwritingtheconstitution.com

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