SWWIM publishes, celebrates, & promotes women, women-identifying & Femme-presenting writers through a Miami-based reading series & the online poetry journal SWWIM Every Day.

Elegy with Damocles and an Office Bulb by Hannah Edwards

She said, "I'm afraid the fluorescent light

 

is going to fall on me,"

 

and I laughed, glancing up

 

 

at its cracked shield, the low, grating hum 

 

“What if the mercury gas leaks out and—"

 

I told her she would live forever, then,

 

 

like an old Chinese king searching

 

for the secret to long life. 

 

“I don't want to live that long. I don't know

 

 

how much more of that noise I can take.” 

 

I looked up, but wasn’t wise enough

 

to see pointed shards, already falling.


The writer, in her spare time, is a teaching assistant at a local children’s theatre, where she demonstrates talents such as standing on “just one finger” or “breathing under water.” Recently, she and her girlfriend used 3D scanning and modeling to construct authentic Greek drama masks for productions of Oedipus Rex and Seven Against Thebes. Her previous publications include poems in Eclectica and The Sugar House Review

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