the uptake

isn’t it curious
how often we counteract
thoughts of mortality
with blatant sexuality

as if a kiss could remove
the stains of iodine and death
from our hands

as if penetration could negate
annihilation

as if the breath of a lover
could bring our disconsolate soul
back to life

the act of infiltration
and withdrawal
echoed until
exhaustion

we are scoured out
shells of bodies
drifting
wreckage brimming with
radioactivity

would we glow in the dark
if we opened our eyes?

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