Mariel Fechik

My family history is that of

slow traumas


scars that ripple across my

mother’s chest, soft &

vicious like the water

that burned it


soft & flickering like

the way my grandmother’s

breath went out,

a broken filament


soft & murderous like


a bee’s sting


& I, part of this

slow trickle, soft &

waiting for the day


I am washed down

a drain


telling my own daughter

to quell her grief


Mariel Fechik is a musician and writer from Chicago, where she works for an educational nonprofit. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cosmonauts Avenue, Lines + Stars, Black Napkin Press, and others. Her very favorite possession is a ring shaped like a shark mouth, and she eats a lot of brie.

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