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Ferris, Jim / Facts of life
(2005)

What it tastes like,   p. 31


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What It Tastes Like 
The first time I did it I was somewhere 
else, watching, waiting for the moment- 
so that's what it tastes like-the hard, moist, soft 
moment when-the first time I had her take 
my brace off, strap by leather strap, the beast 
comes off, and then she went one further-rubbed 
my leg, massaged my shameful condition, and I came 
as close as I had ever been to living 
outside my hardened little self 
How can you blame me for marrying her? 
I didnit know what I was doing down there, 
but eager beaver learner. Wish I'd thought to rub 
my leg-wish she had too. Made that part up. 
Made up the leg too. Made up the marriage, 
her death, my life. The taste was real. 
The hardest thing is the hardest thing was 
the fucking brace. 
3' 


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