Tessellate

By Allison Janicki

Name the vibrations that bring you
Back down to earth—

Words that live in your head on repeat
And words that left years ago
But echo back in the finger taps
That come alive when the right spark
Is ignited.

A melody folds you into yourself:
You’ve been waiting for this juicy
Slice of nostalgia
To drip down your wrists
And catch on your toes—

Drenched in sticky—

How did you get here?
Or, rather,
How did you leave there?

With your eyes closed,
It’s like you never did.

Allison Janicki is an artist, writer, reader, editor, library technician, half-marathoner, sub-par ukulele player and cat lover from West Bloomfield, MI. Her previous publications include The Sonder Review, Goat’s Milk Magazine, Storm Cellar, Volney Road Magazine, and Voice of Eve. She still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up.

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