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The Sex Was Consensual

Molly Arden

In high school they shacked up with his maiden aunt
In kindergarten drinking chocolate milk meant
she was in favor of integration and high rent
a grateful nation of hypocrites picked on the runt.

The students opened their lockers and out tumbled
the faces of girls and the smell of jockstraps
and they drank coffee with their milk used no maps
the first time they closed the door and stumbled.

Sharon in the ninth grade went with Johnny
she got what she wanted from him with honey
when Hitchcock is ominous he shows you not a gun
but a glass of milk carried up the stairs by Cary Grant.
Would you repeat what you just said, hon?
I can, you can't, and "fuck you" is not a rant.

Molly Arden

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