Tic. Tic. Tic. I’m swimming
smiling down the rim. I’m singing
Tic. Tic. Tic. And yesterday is just
a gem that left me open,
broke and lapping bubbles.
Soapy throated singing. Listen.

Tic. Tic. Ah. Sleepy head is screaming.
And it’s sick. Sick. Sick.
All the way from that to this is further.
Far from what you’re dreaming.
From the wick. The end that burns
is getting thick. And this is it.

Jess L Parker lives in Madison, WI where she works in Business Strategy. She studied English and Spanish Literature at Northern Michigan University where she received the VandeZande Short Fiction Award in 2010. Jess holds an M.A. of Spanish Literature from the University of Madison-Wisconsin and an MBA.