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a cynical exploration of the intimate

By Melanie TongmarPublished about a year ago Updated about a year ago 1 min read
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The skin glistens (hurting my eyes)

Pearl-drops of water (false gems)

Sliding down (leaving a trail of wet)


Misty breath (warm)

Fogged up mirror (I write your name)

Life force in, life force out (we breathe together)

Old cells pilling (scrubbed clean of impurities)

Arms rubbed raw (bleeding)

Thighs touching

Warm, damp thing

The smell of skin (a sour animal)

Making hearts thump simultaneously

The stories twine together (enmeshed and desperate)

Leaving body aches and

A guttural lurch in being (until there is nothing left to give)

Diamond eyes (deluded)

A voice like water (a honey-tongued snake)

You uncommon thing.

*Incidentally I first wrote this without all the words in parentheses … it reads as a very different poem! But the stipulated word count of 100 words forced me to expand it, so the result is this.

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Melanie Tongmar

Life in analog. Writer. Grower of things.

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  • Marsha Singhabout a year ago

    I’m a minimalist when it comes to poetry, so I struggle with the 100 word minimum. This was a creative way to adapt your poem to fit the guidelines, and it reads beautifully with the parentheses. Earthy and animalistic. I love it.

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