A Perfect Date

high off life
or cotton candy
or funnel cake with strawberries
hair red
bleached & baked
by chlorine’s date with the sun
jean shorts still heavy
from rapids promising
a shower or a soak
knees wobbly after
using a rollercoaster to
air dry
teddy bear bigger than you
cause you’ve looked 12
since you were 16
and 16
since you were 20
cheek bones higher than usual
from the smile
grown permanent on your face
and he kisses you
before the car pulls off
and you pass out
from ecstasy & exhaustion

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