Natural High by Jon & David Swartz
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Improper, you could say, how we use
words to awe each other. But there, hanging
above you on the bed, a halved verb, wrongside
out, full and waist-ful. Your bedroom
is a place to house large things: Shame & Hope
& Furniture. There’s no wrong in wanting to be
useful again, but you’ve souped yourself into a sweet
broth that no one can chew. One day you’ll understand
why it hurts to be here & there & then.
Shelby holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Salisbury University. She was an accepted applicant of the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, as well as an Adroit Literary Journal Intern Finalist. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in SOFTBLOW, Sun & Sandstone Review, Polaris, Summerset Review, Vermillion Literary Project, and The Quaker.