Under the Bed
I found my daughter’s strap-on.
I ran my finger its length, hard
but with a little give in the rubber.
I circled its tip and thought
not of all the dildos or penises I have known--
and I have known so many. But,
and forgive me for this,
I thought of my sons--
their young, small penises.
And I remembered their baths. The oldest--
his penis inflating and floating to the surface
to join the boats and rubber ducks.
Ten years later, I’d pick condoms off his bedroom floor,
after a girlfriend’s visit.
The youngest too, eventually. Beneath his bed--
condoms furred with dust.
And I remember when I ran marketing
for a sex advice internet thing
and brought the children along to my big
condom giveaway event.
What was I thinking?
The little one was six and asked if he
could have a rainbow one when he grew up.
Yes. I said yes to that--
yes to rainbows.
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