Nocturnal Monster’s Self-Care Routine

April 20, 2019


Nocturnal Monster’s Self-Care Routine
by Savannah Slone


they say establishing a self-care routine is


So, meditate in a room of disquiet
place bath bombs into your claw foot tub filled with
the blood you won’t bleed, but will ponder
work out every way that you could die
and every way that your loved ones could die and
mourn them, plan their funerals
as they lay safely, alive
in their hot baths of anxiety, too
lather skin peels that won’t melt away
the apprehension that creeps in the night
trim nails beyond the cuticles ­
droplets of blood and membrane husks of human
pool on the tile floor, at your feet
fuzzy legs looking back at you
bathwater boils, scalp sweats
self-care is cautionary
but not for Monsters, like me





Savannah Slone is a queer writer who is completing her M.F.A. in the Pacific Northwest. Her poetry and short fiction has appeared in or will soon appear in Heavy Feather Review, Boston Accent Lit, The Airgonaut, Ghost City Press, decomP magazinE, Maudlin House, FIVE:2:ONE, Pidgeonholes, TERSE Journal, Glass, and elsewhere. She enjoys reading, knitting, hiking, and discussing intersectional feminism. You can read more of her work at




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