she closes her eyes and listens to the
bath water running as
she lets her clothes fall in messy
piles on the floor.
steam condenses on the mirrors.
she can no longer see herself.
she bites her lips, dry and cracked,
and steps into the water.
a scream wells inside of her.
filling up her mouth, it overflows.
her feet turn red but she keeps them
submerged, letting the fire crawl up
she falls, water spilling over the
edge of the pearly white
her hair floats next to her as she looks up
at the surface of the water.
everything feels so cold.
i am a mermaid. she thinks. that never learned how to
she smiles, letting the water fill up her
finally, letting the inevitable