STRAIN by SALLIE FULLERTON

It’s a chain link

   all the times I told myself to

dig in and forced

    a simpler phrase

my muscles are sore and

stringent and you ask me

what the hell this means

it’s a system of

grabs and takes

eventually

 you learn to move in tune  to

smaller steps.

A night falls
on you like
a body

and exhales.


Sallie Fullerton lives in Brooklyn, NY and received her BA in English and French from Wesleyan University where she was named Wesleyan Student Poet in 2018.  Sallie currently works at Oxford University Press and writes on the subway.

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