Medusa

Dila Toplusoy

I began the day
no - the day began
me
o p e n i n g - closing - o p e n i n g - closing - o p e n i n g - clo -

give me those lemons - the  l  e  m  o  n  a  d  e
looks fresher in Greek -      λ ε μ ο ν ά δ α
that said, I'm not sure if it tasted fresher when
my mum got stung in Athens that day

it reminds me of the  p  o  k  e button
on bad old facebook - you know, that kind of stuff:
you ask                               w  h  y  m  e
the answer is           it'snotaboutyou

so you go see someone
and they - sometimes - say:
massaging with butter is all you need to heal the scars
at least that's what J  e  n  n  y the good old nurse had said

sometimes it's that e  a  s  y
sometimes it's not
sometimes you get poked by the  M  e  d usa
sometimes you don't

no way to know, but
yes - the day will begin
you
o p e n i n g - closing - o p e n i n g - closing - o p e n i n g - clo -

Dila Toplusoy

Dila Toplusoy is an emerging writer and poet from Istanbul, Turkey. She holds a First Class Honours degree in Media and Cultural Studies (now renamed as Contemporary Media Cultures) from University of the Arts London. Her work has been published by Sky Island Journal, Sidekick Books, The Pandemic Post, Any Segment Magazine and The Story Seed, among others.

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