a plum with a worm in it

by Liz Bowen

i’m sorry
i gave you
a brain parasite

it just felt
so tingly
squirming around
up there

sort of
like
the touch
of ice
on the dry tongue

or the prickle
of a stranger
looking out
from a darkened
doorway

it felt
gentle
and just occasionally
harsh
like a trusted
brush

i thought
you might
want it
too

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