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Stefanie Lash

Tom Cruise

Yes, we were having sex.
Yes, he gave me a suitcase
filled with diamonds.
I chose some. I felt ornery.
Also he gave me pressed turkey,
applied potato poultice
to the bruises on my legs.
You can see these bruises
on my calf, either leg,
from walking into the bed.
His pinstripe pants
had a button fly.
For such a big man
he had very thin ankles.
We went to my parents’ house.
The furniture was upholstered
in pubic hair. I was indignant.
There was a time
when my hands were always
finely cut. That wasn’t a dream.
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