Rise & Fall

By Joe Vickers

For Kevin

I thought maybe


you’d want to

see what

my stomach looked like


with a pen in

it. I stuck one

in and


snapped a foto from

the bedside

next to


me she asked

what I was doing and

without words I


took it out

then immediately

felt strange


Joe Vickers was born in the US, studied English and writing in Wisconsin. He currently resides in London and is managing editor at medium.com/trauma-transformation