On a Whim
Delete every version of yourself all the pixels of thought X’s mar
the spots you no longer want to be touched arms cradle air nothing
can escape the skin, not even a name, and one sunny afternoon
while weeding the garden you will forget whose hand holds
the trowel an improbable schism of body and mind but one can
destroy the self on a whim.
Diane Callahan strives to capture her sliver of the universe through writing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. As a developmental editor and ghostplotter, she spends her days shaping stories. Her YouTube channel, Quotidian Writer, provides practical tips for aspiring authors. You can read her work in Short Édition, Riddled with Arrows, Translunar Travelers Lounge, Rust+Moth, The Sunlight Press, and semicolon, among others. Twitter: @quotidianwriter; Website: https://www.quotidianwriter.com/my-writing