Blue by Jennifer Novotney

He locks eyes with me and I melt. His eyes are blue, but not just any blue. They’re not blue like the sky or a Robin’s egg. No, his eyes are blue like tropical waters off an undiscovered island. I want to dive in stark naked. The cool iris bathes my warm flesh, sharp and refreshing like unexpected rain. I swim laps in the swirls of his variation and drown in the black of his pupil only to be revived again and again to savor the same asphyxiation.

A native of Los Angeles, California, Jennifer Novotney earned a B.A. in Journalism from California State University and an M.A. in English from Northern Arizona University. In 2014, she was a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award winner for her debut novel, Winter in the Soul. Her poetry and fiction is featured in several literary magazines, and most recently appears in Poetry Quarterly and The Vignette Review. She has been teaching English and writing for over ten years to middle school, high school, and university students. Her website is