Arctic Fire

I’m changing my name to Arctic Fire
and I don’t want to hear any words from you
about how this is stupid
or childish because I have decided
I don’t mind being childish
if it means I am being true
so please, from now on call me Arctic

sounds like a mint tea

sounds like chewing gum

sounds like a disease people get in the North

or like the cream you would use to treat it

to treat frost bite

and what it feels like for human thighs to thaw

I’m glad you said all of that in your head
and not out loud
because of what I said earlier
how I didn’t want comments
how I only wanted to be accepted by you.

I am saying this genuinely;
it is not sarcastic.

About Jessica Schouela

Jessica Schouela is originally from Montreal but currently lives in London. She has been published in Metatron. Visit her blog to read more of her writing.

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