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Intimacy

Before him sex was a release
a charade of intimacy
a means to an end
stress killer
orgasm

my body moved like a child
assembling a science fair project
that goes there
this goes here

wait for the papier-mâché volcano to erupt
ejaculate

my body moved like a teen
uncomfortable in their own skin
just be quiet
just be still

wait for the right moment to escape
oh, the walk of shame!

but when he touched me
it was euphoric
to let go
to come undone
to become myself entirely.