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First Taste

First Taste

 

You taste like
salt
and
blood
and
copper-
not
like new penny on the ground
copper
not
like luck
copper,
like
lick electric nipple of a nine-volt battery
to see if a spark's worth saving
copper.
You left scars on the roof of my mouth,
left
my tongue to search for restfulness that it will
never
find
behind your lightning-strike teeth and your
ionized
thighs.


Alison Gerhard is a writer and researcher at the College of William and Mary, where she is currently pursuing her master's degree in chemistry. Her work has appeared in Wordgathering, Rat's Ass Review, and Meow Meow Pow Pow Lit, and is forthcoming in the Noon anthology from Arachne Press. She can be found on Twitter @SlowDiffusion.