4.6 VERITAS*

          after Danez Smith

 

the first time i came during sex

i was alone—three years past

 

a hymen & always-hurt;

a dopeman’s white leather

 

couch smeared with a cheek

of blood; him, a borrowed life

 

never a boy, did not believe

my wound was new. the first

 

time i came was no where

near a man’s hands. it was

 

the truth.

 

 

 

          *the goddess of truth and the mother of Virtue. It was believed

          that she hid in the bottom of a holy well because she was so elusive.

          Her image is shown as a young virgin dressed in white

 

 

 

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