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The Intrigue of Being Watched

by Rusty Barnes

Issue 1 :: Autumn 2007 (poetry)

Slipping onto the jetty at midnight where our feet
slip hard on the rocks and kelp just under water
you say 'I think those people are watching us.'
I'm thinking carnal thoughts—seawater you know,
like the taste between your thighs. It's warm like
a sex flush as we walk a little deeper, trying
to reach just that point beyond which it will no
longer be safe to go, where the tide takes over.


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"The Intrigue of Being Watched" is roughly 250 words.

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