is it the sea you hear in me,
its dissatisfactions?

artificially blue, deadly & other qualities of bad hiding places

August 7, 2020

the water is saltier than you expect.
quieter too; silence is one shivering note building painfully behind one’s ears. i shrugged on the blue like one of my mother's cashmere sweaters. she hasn't noticed where i am yet- nobody has. she'd better find me soon: i want to see her mouth form that glossy strawberry "O", but i can't hold this breath much longer.
i tap on the glass and wave at passing pearl-eyed people.
mouths are cupped in horror, fingers point over my shoulder.
one word cuts through the deathly silence of the tank at the zoo:


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  • ek503

    what a gorgeous piece! i love your descriptions so much, and i agree with dovetrees: the build-up leading to the ending is wonderful.

    3 months ago
  • janevra

    replying: aw thank you so much!!

    4 months ago
  • dovetrees

    WOW!!! i love this, it's built up so perfectly and the ending is just the cherry on top!

    4 months ago