my new earrings
ART BY MATILDA PENG
Here is the least painful part—
You count down from three,
because you want me to know
when it will happen.
I keep my eyes open, because I can
feel it coming, and I want it to
look like I don’t even care.
The first one doesn’t hurt.
I watch my face in the mirror
for the Moment of Impact and can’t
—This was the least painful part.
The second one makes my
knee twitch like at the doctor’s.
I have to turn away.
You must have seen, thought
I was obvious, when it pierced me, with
how much I give away. I think I give too much away. I think
save some mystery for the inside of you,
and even then the needle comes
and finds it all out.