To Die For
Half a packet of raindrops and
as much ice cold water as
you can drink for your body
to warm up and burn. He
pinches half a millimetre
of flesh on my ribs and says,
You need to take better care
of yourself, my dear. I peer
through the veil of my fringe and
nod my head three millimetres,
picturing my picture in the papers.
I can be ready in a week. I peek
at the tick next to my name.
Next. My smiling eyes roll
down over the twigs of my toes
and all the way to the park where
I will perform a hundred star jumps
and remember how your skin
used to shine when you laughed.
For you understood it was important.
First published in Seeking Refuge, edited by Jan Fortune-Wood, Cinnamon Press.
Shanta Everington is the author of literary novel, Marilyn and Me (Cinnamon Press) and YA novel, Give Me a Sign (Flame Books) Shanta’s first poetry chapbook, Drowning in Cherryade, will be published by Bedouin Books later this year and she has two YA novels forthcoming for 2013 - Boy Red (Musa Publishing) and XY( Red Telephone Books).