Waning Gibbous

by Kiran Bath

1
Google: How early do girls masturbate?

in her eighth year / maybe earlier / low tides birthed: a lotus / splitting legs / to conch shell murmurs / she swirls / her lotus / chews mattress / her lotus / bends pillow / her lotus / rubs its cheek / against raggedy Anne / repetition sharpens / her lotus / petal / into blade / petal tears / knitted crotch / crotch spills / cotton / spills / from mute dolly / yet / no cotton / will enter girl / enter lotus / tampons are phallic / kabardaar

2
Google: How common is it?

shereef larki / 
i thought / i was / near extinction / until / 
cousin-sister / practiced liar / 
would emerge from cupboard / flushed from urgency /
i demanded to smell / velocity / on her fingertips / 
prove to me / no monopoly / for little boys / to fiddle with / plusher parts / 
endocrinologists say / excess androgens /cause acne / cause facial hair/ cause sexuality? /
no / 
there is no man inside of me / neither woman / just-me-just-me-just-me / 
lotus / pink / cotton / petal / brown / finger / tip / toe / tip / toe / around / 
gyrating swans / pirouette / of sinning / brown women /
i am / the giant clit in the room /i am / Sita in exile /
a sage of / epileptic climax / in service of / body electric / 
powered by / lunar cycles /
every moon / dies /
and rises /
inside

3
Exam: How is the hymen broken?

1. the jazz splits
2. the downward dog
3. self taught guitarist
4. a boy
5. a girl
6. a digit
7. a thirst
8. BMX
9. sin
10. excavation
11. the beach 
12. (does anyone have a tampon?)
13. i don’t know
14. i’m not supposed to know


“Waning Gibbous” previously appeared in Lunch Ticket.

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