Megan Cartwright


I lurch toward the bathroom, gelatinous,  
dissolve into stark white ceramic.   
The clot slides from my body; an unlikely plop.  
I wonder if I am dying.  

Dissolve into stark white ceramic  
with the crack of skull, a slap of skin on tile.   
I wonder if I am dying, floating  
borderless, an unanswered question.  

The crack of skull, a slap of skin on tile.  
My face pale as the porcelain toilet bowl,  
floating borderless, an unanswered question  
seeps like a scab, bright red and yolky. 

My face pale as the porcelain toilet bowl.  
The nurse, fuzzy, drawn in cross-hatching 
seeps like a scab, bright red and yolky. 
I wonder if I am dying. 

Megan Cartwright is an Australian college teacher and poet. Her work has appeared in Arteidolia Press’ Swifts&Slows, Authora Australis, Blue Bottle Journal, Meniscus Journal, October Hill Magazine, and oddball magazine. She also has poems due to feature in upcoming issues of Fatal Flaw, Tabula Rasa Review, MONO, and Quadrant Magazine.

Published by swim meet lit mag

swim meet lit mag is a young online publication based in Brisbane, Australia. Swim meets bring people together; swim meet lit mag seeks to offer an accessible space to read and publish all kinds of creative work from around the world, with a particular focus on local emerging writers. Now in its third year of operation, swim meet lit mag plans to continue expanding its catalogue, which is, and will always be, free to access. Each issue is framed by a swimming-related theme, to which the responses are always wonderfully surprising and diverse. 

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