Nicole on sparkleing – Oh, yes.
The truth is I liked the filth of it all.
I was a fucking mess,
but eventually life demanded
cleanliness, and eventually
I could almost sparkle.
Still every now and again I’ll slip,
and cast my shadow to the delight
of the other sparkling messes
afraid of their own.
They cool their heels
and laugh, patting each other
on the backs for shining
so bright that their tiny things
will grow dull. I watch them
from my shadow, wrapped
in the warmth of my cleanest
tiny things that will grow wild
and bright despite the mess of me,
and in that moment,
when their lights fade
and the breeze meets the sweat
on the back of my neck,
in that moment I am clean.
[Nicole Lyons is creator of The Lithium Chronicles, as well as being an editor and writer for Sudden Denouement. As always, we are honored…
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