Killing Jenny with My Fungus Hands
Happy happy fake-day. I-don’t-care and
show-it / I-am-suffering-badly-
will-you-see-it-no. You are not my
darling. You are very dull. You are
plastic wrap. You are butter knife.
(I am very smart! I am verge-of-greatness!
I am knife that slices! I am edge itself!)
I am thinking deeply. I am super sad. I am skipping
breakfast. I am knife that slices. I am fog
in skull. I am fingers-shooting-temple /
Jenny-not-responding / dialing-the-ex.
I am friend-who-loves-you. I am Jenny’s nuisance.
I am missing Jenny
I am missing dinner
I am missing self. Bracketing myself: I am
big miasma. I am rainy cloud. I am prickly cacti
I am fishy smell. I am thinking Jenny I am thinking
bitch. Where are friends these days. All we do is miss.
Jenny, Choking on Her Family Tree
Ariel Chu is an MFA candidate in Fiction at Syracuse University. Her work can be found in Beecher's Magazine, Wildness, and Nat. Brut, among others. She lives in Eastvale, California and is currently serving as a Hutchinson Fellow in Creative Writing. Visit her at ariel-chu.com.