Friday, November 5, 2021


after Jackie Wang

Pleasure met Punishment
When they were still children.
Sometimes they felt like kin,

Or at least next of kin.
They followed each other
Everywhere. They finished

Each other’s sentences,
No matter which one did
The crime. Punishment thought

Pleasure didn’t deserve
To be punished. Pleasure
Thought punishment shouldn’t

Act so pleased. They never
Married, but no one lived
Who remembered them when,

So everyone assumed.
Most thought that they deserved
Each other, but who knew

What their relationship
Really was? Not even
Them. Punishment. Pleasure.

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