Dandruff

Poems are my flecks of skin I
want people to take home

After a reading last year Jordan told me
he likes my poems but they are only

skin cells
So Jordan wants my blood

wants to syringe my heart
and keep it in a bottle

That’s what I did

then he said I want to be inside you
So he wants to wear my skin

A me hanging in a closet limp
and lifeless   A clothesline
of me and me and me

to be opened like a coin
purse and slip in

Yes. Jordan says
he wants to eat me

James Croal Jackson (he/him) has a chapbook, The Frayed Edge of Memory (Writing Knights Press, 2017), and poems in Pacifica, Reservoir, and Rattle. He edits The Mantle Poetry. Currently, he works in the film industry in Pittsburgh, PA. His website: https://jimjakk.com.

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