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Ada C., Tomball, TX By east_of_ada, Tomball, TX

Absorption is a skill that women know, where they can adapt, change
mix in like cake batter, and stir in a pinch of salt.
Breathing in water that builds beneath my pores, flushing between holes that breach within us all.
But you didn’t know, you thought I was a solid, but I was soiled,
much like a kitchen sponge.
Wring me, Wring me.

Feel free, you can cut off them limbs, don’t worry
they don’t grow back, but they’re yours.
Fifty grand noses, sixty grand of plastic built beneath false color
I could never get that right; melatonin, melanin; maybe that’s why I ended up here.
Wring me, Wring me.

Snatched life up by the neck, and wrung it out like laundry on a wire,

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