July 2006/Volume Seven/Issue Two
Tracie McBride
Carnal Knowledge

I met him when
he stopped me
in the street

He said
Do you have
a cigarette?

I said
I donít
smoke

He said
You look like
the kind of girl
that does

That afternoon
on my
grandmotherís couch

I became
the kind of girl
that does

It was quick
painless
pleasureless

I wonder
does it still
count?
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