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ᴅᴏɴ'ᴛ ᴡᴏʀʀʏ 'ʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴛᴏᴍᴏʀʀᴏᴡ ᴀɴʏᴍᴏʀᴇ.

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cross posted.

seeing that 'free writing: fiction, nonfiction, poetry' button just makes me sick.

slipping on shaving cream, sweet 13s

July 11, 2020

FREE WRITING

12

choked in iron fishnets, we
rest in pillars of youth, threading lace
ungarments in our mouths but
not quite spitting them out yet.
like buying your first razor, leaving five cuts in shapes of
floral tattoos on your knees and
burning them closed in pool chlorine. not a sin to be the
youngest in the room of women waiting for the
tampons to restock, feeling proud? they’ve long since forgone
embarrassment contrasting to how you chew on vitamin gummies nervously, you should offer them one too
but you don’t know if they’d accept from your
small little hands, and
white chocolate still breaks sweetly, somewhat
‘not sweet enough’ coating oral cold sores with that layer of undeniable
childhood sickness, adding extra weight to bitterness when
a year later we’ll be able to cry less and drink dark roast
coffee and pretend like the cusses that spill from your mouth are
familiar—you revel in the lawlessness but not bitter yet.
not until you can call your curses ‘righteous’. but for now, you’ll keep it:
your perchant for sweetness which lies in the
vanilla shaving cream you get at your local CVS, trading
averted eyes with the cashier for lack of ridicule in rubber swimsuits and
when sweet turns into saccharine maybe we’ll finally be able
to shed our first armpit hairs.


 

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5 Comments
  • løne wølf

    "what sweet turns into saccharine maybe we'll finally be able / to shed our first armpit hairs" AMAZING. YOU ARE AMAZING <3
    replying: thank you!! i'll start by reading every single one of your poems XD


    4 months ago
  • Eblinn

    Such a brilliant piece!
    "like buying your first razor, leaving five cuts in shapes of
    floral tattoos on your knees and
    burning them closed in pool chlorine"
    The unique, vivid imagery you use always amazes me. Love it <3


    4 months ago
  • pineapples

    so apparently, I wasn't following you, what a sin.


    5 months ago
  • Paisley Blue

    the word choice and imagery here is so breathtaking. so good!


    5 months ago
  • purplepanache

    i adore how you've focused on creating vivid, feel-able images rather than wordy, abstract descriptions. really, really well done.


    5 months ago