Please Stop Fucking in My Bathroom

Eunoia Review

In high school sex-ed classes,
teachers showed us diagrams about STDs,
bold-lined stick figures all linked together
illustrating the idea: “When you sleep with someone
you also sleep with everyone they’ve slept with.”
This was a North Carolina public school’s
attempt at scaring students into abstinence,
but there’s certainly a truth to it.

We carry little bits of past lovers with us.
Quirks they taught us to appreciate in ourselves—
like shoving covers off the bed while we sleep—
and insecurities we haven’t conquered since.
The stories they told no one else
that we’ve stored away. Only reading them by flashlight
under the blankets while our current lovers
wander lost dreaming of their own pasts.

Donald C. Welch III lives in Brooklyn, NY. His current project @SocialLit explores new forms of poetry and collaborative writing derived from Social Media. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Passages North,

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