The sensation of my step-father’s


in my mouth is unnerving

He is testing me

to see if I can keep secrets

We already have a pact

against my mother

It started with allowing me to

eat more ice cream
stay up later
smoke cigarettes

Sneaking these things
behind my mother’s back

making it a game

so when the tongue comes
it is just another secret

in a line of
more to come

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Elizabeth Marrero is a short story and children’s book writer. Her writing has been published in school literary journals. Her photographs have been published in many magazines and in an anatomy textbook. She has been an editor for the Rockvale Review and a fellowship reader for the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow. She currently focuses on short story and children’s book writing, acrylic pour art, and photography.

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