Poetry: "Viscosity"


I’ve been swallowing

glue

to fill up the places

that could leak


spreading it

from headtotoe

as a second layer

of hardening

skin

to keep me in

and seal you out

for good but

it’s sticking

in my throat

and I’m choking and

the outer layers peel

molting

in flakes


a ludicrous salt

ruining the taste






Jasmine Williamson (she/they) lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her two children, three cats, two guinea pigs, and a tortoise. She earned her MA in Creative Writing at Northern Kentucky University, where she now works as an admin in the English Department. In her spare time she can be found making art, traveling, or planning to travel. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Literary Mama and Sledgehammer Lit. You can find her on the interweb at @mosscollection