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bite inhibition
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here and now, i think about eating you alive.

i can’t unlearn the hunger. i nip at my heels

& don’t know how to stop. these fangs took

years to sculpt. most truths are rigored to


liminal things. animal warmth. a span of skin

scraped half-clean. the wet dog smell that

trails behind me like longing. forgive me for

trusting, all blind faith and no proof, that


you’d come back. in your absence, i forgot

how to be slack-jawed and gentle. instead,

i’ll pry every tooth out of my gums, canine

by canine, so they never sink into your flesh.

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