Handwriting your autobiography on tinfoil with a feather pen in aquamarine foam ink. Diagnosis always
Subtle — answer a multiple choice test. Do you grab objects from other people? ADD. Does your
brain loop pictures of your mouth kissing the mouth of a lanky Arab cab driver and does the loop cause you to run your
palms over door knobs eight times & to wash your hands with bleach & sunlight? OCD. Do you lose your edges & the
boundaries between your body & another body & the pavement & the deep blue sea? Borderline. Historians say Orpheus was
Borderline with OCD features— that’s why he couldn’t stop turning around. Lot’s Wife too— salinity is a side
effect of some of the best medications. Also skin rash but only on the insides of your hands.
But still the medication is miracle. Its touch is jellyfish/devilfish velvet-walking the shine of the planet of your brain
your heart, its polished surface. Clean.
Published online August 06 2014.
Jennifer Zilm has poetry published in several journals including Prism, Room, The Antigonish Review and Vallum. She did graduate work at the University of British Columbia and McMaster in Religious Studies and is currently enrolled in Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio. She also studies libraries and works as a mental health and addictions worker. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.