by Morgan Chittum
Editor's note: 'Consent' was the second piece published in our DREAD series in Fall 2017. The series also includes 'morgue poetry' by Claire Bernardo, 'Bridget Bishop' by Dean Graham, and 'Only Darkness' by Micah Long.
fell down a flight of stairs on absinthe,
with a dime bag, and some Xanax
in my pocket--urine filled
gym shorts in galilee with
a dragged burlap body--
my dragged burlap body.
into the laundry room
with the makeshift bedside
you designed. a hand over mouth
watches paint chipped doors
begging for the finish line
because the soft smell
of a humid room, cheap cologne--
of laundry detergent
takes me back to a party, where God closed his eyes.
cum covered purity ring--
dances between my thighs.
Thumbnail image by Iain McDonald.