You taste like
like new penny on the ground
lick electric nipple of a nine-volt battery
to see if a spark's worth saving
You left scars on the roof of my mouth,
my tongue to search for restfulness that it will
behind your lightning-strike teeth and your
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.