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Melissa DeGezelle



Intersex


When you do dishes
I come behind
Stroke chest hair
Can't see me
Witchy under
Things
Tight so that

He is her
And she is him

Panicky under
Things
Tie that scarf
Around this neck
Again
Do it all
To keep you
Filling up
This mouth
Do it
Blubber under
Things
Tied together
Long term

Him's a boy
Kid says
Only muffin
Girls eat
In this kitchen

I don't know
The way
Twins curl
Into each
Other in a tub

Or why that baby
Sitter prickled
Your sides punched
That stomach like
You were second

I place you in
Apothecary might
Keep you under
Things


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