Women | Tufts Observer
Poetry & Prose

Women

Make cotton feel like silk  

and drugs come on stronger 

Blur tequila-fueled fantasies of men in patterns 

into citrus curls and tobacco lipstick

I touch a version of myself stuttering 

Graze the faults of your hips 

with my bitten fingernails 

Vicariously shiver 

as if from sour candy 

or biting seltzer 

Your memory is blood-thinning 

making anemia intimate 

I am pushed against the sharpest wall 

before the flush of you fades into male palms 

and grayscale

Flat water warms with time 

I warm to men and 

recognize bodies unlike mine 

coarse and alien 

Forget your folds and creases 

Romanticize cotton 

infused with silk 

perhaps my own 

perhaps impure 

Folded into unwrinkled squares 

skin 

to 

skin 

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