Submissions open for Wingword Poetry Prize 2020

Everyone Has

Deonte Osayande


Liberating intercourse
without shame, I've been
trying to return home

to the money shot,
my guilty pleasure,
so many moons ago
& back then she let me be

for our skin care routine for
love making, facials & everyone
has fetishes, most several

& she was my first adult
sexual partner, knowing
what she was teaching me,

about freedom, accepting
oneself, but I wasn't her
first engagement, even
her second, & still she did it

& enjoyed it because she loved
me, until she didn't and then came
hospital visits and imprisonments

then came the psych ward, & tickets,
& the guilt of making her do perverse

things for me before I knew they were
but those lasted so much shorter
than the eternity I assured myself
was coming at such a young age.


This work has been published in Beetle Magazine's June 2020 Issue. Read the full issue here: https://issuu.com/beetlemag/docs/june2020

Illustration by Dhanashree Pimputkar


Leave a comment