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1st Place: Dog

October 22, 2017

I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry while he dry-humped my leg
against my will because, I thought, 
        Who does that?
So when he finished,
and apologized, 
saying something about being too affectionate,
and my thoughts surfaced above something like
        fight-or-flight, 
(only mine were deficient, at best, more like 
        freeze)
I did both,
laughing at the spot on his taupe khakis, 
yelling,
Get the fuck out.

 

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