Sink In and Hold On

round, purple, dimpled
rings of love
over the neck, throat
until she resembles a giraffe
and has to wear a scarf
so no one will see
or say
anything

“nowhere visible” she says the next time
and the rings start appearing
elsewhere
in invisible places
invisible thighs
breasts
shoulder blades
maybe invisible earlobes
(they don’t bruise)
or her invisible collar bone
(is that low enough?)
and places even she can’t see

and so it goes
until another girl likes the rings around her neck
but she wants them made differently

she wants to be held tight
and rocked
but not gently

never gently

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