my mom told me i needed water

said i looked pale, like i would crumble

under one touch. she thought


was what i needed.

but it cannot fix two-month-old

burn marks where you stroked my

skin with your midnight wildfire

and thought i liked how it felt.

water cannot fix how i felt

after i realized

i could’ve said no.

would’ve said no,

if i hadn’t been so torn apart

so dehydrated of love,

thinking you would fill me up again

when in reality the glass

has never been more


by Claire Braverman, Davie, FL


May 15, 2015