In Empathy’s Company

by Claire Hong Meuschke


My body began to sink without my knees. I could feel my ribs digging deeper and deeper into my stomach. There can only be more chaos being a closed system and all said my know-it-all neighbor. When it got dark I went to the river. I cut a vertical line down my chest with a skipping stone so things would calm down. I looked into the river where silver ripples orbited my open body except I realized it wasn’t mine. I realized I cut you instead. I went inside you to stop the bleeding. I apologized over and over until the sun came up. This had a hypnotic effect and we became one sorry body.