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beauty

By Joshua D. Olsen

Bread crumbs scratching the surface
exfoliating
sweet sweet cream rises to the top
scrape it off, baby girl, and rub it in hard
rub it in rub it in
rehydrating moisturizing
aloe vera and vitamin E revitalizes dry and scaly skin
but butter is funner
smearing the fat of the land over imperfections
cellulite's never seen on celluloid
Vaseline lens caps soften the reality of just how thick your thighs really are
you kissed the back of my knee with one hand around my ankle
the other on my heart
and said it beats faster when you're on top
you liked the way my body felt
soft to the touch but hard on the eyes.