Cheap wine and cigarette ash

There are few men

who choose the woman they know they love.

Like him, who in the meantime continues to make love with you.

Not a problem

not a need.

Only explosion vibration passion


It is to watch you repressing every instinct

in a flavour that you love to keep in your mouth,

little by little the wind becomes icy

out of the wet window.

You prefer to be her

You prefer to be the other.

Annika Pettini (Italy, 1990-), from the collection Luci d’Autunno 2018, translated by Slow Words, originally published (in Italian) on:

Cover image: The Bathroom, Mac Adams (Unlimited, Art Basel, ph. Diana Marrone)

Of the same author: Gifts and La Frequenza delle Storie

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