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Underneath His Stench

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Twenty years ago, she was raped.
His dense body moved like a rattlesnake.
Her body, a tangerine seed,
Visible and wedged underneath his stench.

His dense body moved like a rattlesnake.
The walls once white turned avocado green.
Visible and wedged underneath his stench,
if only she’d stopped breathing.

The walls once white turned avocado green.
Sore and heavy, she rose to the ceiling,
if only she’d stopped breathing.
She exhaled a blackout and selective amnesia.

Sore and heavy, she rose to the ceiling.
She inhaled a brief escape.
She exhaled a blackout and selective amnesia,
now ready to leap.

She inhaled a brief escape.
Her body, like a tangerine seed,
now ready to leap.
Twenty years ago, she was raped.

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