national anthology of the best undergraduate writing 2014

Stripped, She Said

Anne Delatte  • 
Louisiana State University

you have stripped me
down to my tongue root
she said
it flaps
exposed.

 

i will lick the bent rims
of your bicycle tires
i will lie
down flat for the chance
to chew your anklebones
out from under you.

 

she said
if i turn everything
rightside upside
do i look pretty hanging
there?

 

i will open mouth adore
the bottom of your hollows
if i gape
do i do you more good
praising
or salivating?