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julia friedman



Finger Painting


Dry
cobalt blue 
and cadmium fuse underneath
my fingernails as

stained 
glass windows 
when I forget I’m not a man,
dipping my pink palms 

in 
thick running
liquids, searching for many ways
to love. I smooth each

paint
in between
my fingers, and over subtle
soft curves of canvas.

All
delicate
brushes are left to dry in jars
by the windowsill 

un-
til they feel
coarse as my thick, paint-splattered braid
blending beside me.






​Julia Friedman is an MA student pursuing a degree in Creative Writing: Poetry at Bar-Ilan University of Israel. She currently works as editorial assistant at Duke University Press journal Common Knowledge. Her book review on Jacqueline Kolosov’s book of poetry, Hourglass has been published in Adanna Literary Journal.