​​H E R M E N E U T I C   C H A O S   J O U R N A L

W A T E R , S W E E T   A N D   N A S T Y   

                             For Elisa Lam, who found herself stuck in a cistern



She is inside a glass of tap
water – danced and infused.
Cecil guests swish her around
mouths, dip bristles in her tongue.
The showers’ black slick falls
over hair, head, and palms.

It’s a sort of high tea ––
she’s been in the water 
tank, days on end, settle 
and bloat at the bottom
like a wreath of darjeeling. 
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Kailey Tedesco is a student in Arcadia University's MFA in Poetry program. She is the co-founder of the feminist e-zine, Rag Queen Periodical, and an assisting editor at Marathon Literary Review and Lehigh Valley Vanguard. Some of her poetry can be found in FLAPPERHOUSE, Rising Phoenix Press, and Jersey Devil Press. She believes poetry is the closest thing we have to magic. 

                K A I L E Y   T E D E S C O