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First Line: I have a delicious problem
Subject(s): Beauty; Women


I have a delicious problem.
A huge woman is living in my office.
It's a quaint office in a purple cottage.
I don't know this woman
but her presence is an unfair delight.
When she speaks her voice
causes my body to vibrate.
Her woman-smell consumes me.
Her breasts push their way
out the two windows
toward the apple orchard.
She's too much -- thighs hips arms hands
face feet neck ass, too much.
She continues to expand.
My desk is crushed,
the chairs are inaccessible,
the bookshelves are smashed,
the walls are cracking.
People who come to see me
say they can't see her,
that she's only in my head.
Yet they themselves are unable to enter.
This space is full -- full of my own struggle to live.
I slide around the edges of her,
trying both to live with her and to escape.
Soon, movement will be impossible.
I can't enter her openings nor leave the office.
The pressure is liquid.
I wait here, against the wall.
This -- this cannot go on.


Used with the permission of Copper Canyon Press, P.O. Box 271, Port Townsend, WA
98368-0271, www.cc.press.org




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