Cyclops by Jasmine Hope Hemmings (Lucent Dreaming Issue 9)

One of my eyes is very near-sighted.
On days when I am numb,
I have considered popping it out
and boiling it.

I could remove it, straight from the boiling
Water, with my own fingers.
As my own flesh, what harm could it do?

I would take off the now prawn-like tail,
and peel it like a tangerine.

The jelly inside would melt in my mouth,
and I would finally feel satisfied
as the warmth bloomed in my chest –

able at last to breathe,
with butter filled lungs
and lard in my heart.

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Lucent Dreaming is an independent creative writing magazine publishing beautiful, imaginative and surreal short stories, poetry and artwork from emerging authors and artists worldwide. Subscribe to Lucent Dreaming now, support us on Patreon and follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram
Jasmine Hope Hemmings is a twenty-one year old writer and poet from Stoke-on-Trent. By day, she is a marketing assistant for a small charity. She enjoys birdwatching, horror films and spending time with family. She is especially interested in exploring themes of mental health, gender, bodily integrity and body horror in her writing.
@ J4zzh3mm | @Jazzhemm

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