Two Poems by h. l. nelson

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Absolution

His hand on her breast,

the outside

of an oreo enveloping

her creamy center.

She wondered if it

would taste sweet

and stuck his finger

in her mouth.

He thought she

was being sexy.

It was like

woodsmoked chopped beef

from the meat market

where he worked.

He courted her

over cold cuts, chicken thighs,

and pork loin,

seduced her with

muscle fibers and sinew,

and fed her pieces

of his raw meat

while they cleaved

on the cutting board.

The cow’s blood

and cum mixed,

a saltwater taffy pink

that congealed

on her thigh

and absolved her

of all sin.

mar112

Dark Things

How many girls,

before breasts blossomed full,

endured brother-in-law, cousin,

uncle’s desperate desires

like I did?

Hard-ons uncomfortably pressed

into smooth satin skin

that did not yet know

the tint and color
of make-up,
the feel of flushes hot
and folded wetness hidden
like these dark things
we’ve buried.

the tint and color

of make-up,

the feel of flushes hot

and folded wetness hidden

like these dark things

we’ve buried.

________________

h. l. nelson is Fiction Editor for Black Heart Magazine, a Raymond Carver lover, call center survivor, and former sidewalk mannequin. (Yes, that happened.) She has been published or is forthcoming at Gutter Eloquence, DOGZPLOT, The Fat City Review, GlassFire, Black-Listed, and Screaming Orgasms of Bizarro Love. Tell her your favorite planet: hlnelson.com.

© 2013, Metazen.

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