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1st


by Allison Whittenberg

1st

Shake me

Kiss me

Make me

Give in


Ignore my innocence

Appeal to my curiosity

Leave me to my uncertainty


In a few weeks

I’ll worry about reputation, AIDS, pregnancy


In a few years

I’ll worry about self-esteem.


Fine


I heard

a child's scream and I ignored it

because

it was a

child's scream.




lucency

amongst a breathless, debilitating,

incapacitating,

panic attack

i

told

myself

not to panic


and...


without warning

i

was

suddenly

all

right.



 




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