Construction Literary Magazine

Summer 2019

I Am Writing About Fucking

I Am Writing About Fucking
Photograph via Flickr by Kim Davies

because I am human; I am not the only one
because I like it
because sorrow was taken
because in Iran
the mullahs determine no film
with even a slight touch—
a fingertip against a cheek
a back lit shot of one shoulder
against another, a hold
even of consolation—can be made
and yet the Iranian population
tripled in the post Shah era so someone,
and why not me,
needs to write about fucking
because it is terrifying
because I am 47, but really
I would have grabbed at 27, at 17
because it’s not polite and I am always very
please and thank you
because there are already
enough words for snow
because of shame, that fishbone in the throat
because we are made of stars