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good hygiene        Devin Hudyma

Pittsburgh, PA, USA


it felt like i hadn’t showered

in years

i was covered head to toe

in thick black slime


but finally scrubbing you

off of my skin

until I was raw

out from under my nails

until they were bleeding

off of my face

until I was weeping

out of my hair

until I was ripping it out

off of every area that your hands had


for far too long


scrubbed it

out of my bathtub and

away from my fucking life—


i sobbed

not for the grip

nor the grime

but because neither had a hold of me