By Chelsea Eckert


They are soft globes which enclose a diamond-edged
population. Knives and grotesque variations on sex
tether your hands to your pockets. You may no longer
mother your teenaged movements.


You find it in women’s razors. You find it in the
way the rain slaps windows. In squatting dogs and
claustrophobia. You find it on the bus ride to work,
and that is the most fearful time.


And that fear propels you to the pill, which is the
color of innards. So: visceral recovery. So: serotonin
as a messenger boy, muddy, stormed-on, stomped-on,
smiling under his helmet, telling you to stand down,
stand down, it is fine.


Every seven years your body’s cells are sent to the
front lines, and you will recognize none of them after
that — not the cells, not the years.



Chelsea Eckert will be attending UNC Greensboro for her MFA in creative writing in the fall of 2015. Her fiction and poetry, both literary and genre, have appeared or will appear in over twenty print and online venues. Stalk her like a hungry catamount at (Updated July 2015)