ONE POEM – Jessica Gleason

Posted: January 19, 2013 in Fiction, Poetry
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Advice From Yester-you


You didn’t start out this way. Remember how you’d thirst

for new experiences—you haven’t run out of those.

If you think you have, you’ve been lying.


It is okay to deny the fact that you ate an entire bag

of Oreo cookies. It is okay to skirt

around the fact that your white wedding dress

should have been a dusty shade of grey.


But you can’t let that defining glimmer shrivel into

nights passed sitting beneath a sticky tv tray. You can’t let

depression poison and crawl through your bright blue veins.


Go ahead and drink whiskey, if that’s what you need.

But remember that just because your skin has begun to sag—slightly—

that it doesn’t mean you have to stagnate.


Physically, your eyes may not be as wide, but your spotted

hands can still write with heart-breaking clarity.

-Jessica Gleason, 2012

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