A Young Woman’s Tongue

by Ronald A Pavellas

Suspending the usual mild revulsion
I feel in seeing pierced young bodies,
I asked the pretty waitress her reasons
For having put a stud in her tongue.

(I was somewhat reluctant to ask
So I wrote a nice note to her
Saying I have merely a poet’s interest
And that she need not answer)

She was delighted with the attention
And proudly thrust out her tongue
To show me three, smooth, shiny metal spheres
Proceeding, in line, toward her uvula

I made a proper and subdued exclamation,
And repeated my question.
“Oh, I don’t know – I just wanted to do it.
“I was fourteen – it was five years ago.”

I asked: Was it rebellion? Adventure? A dare?
“No, there are reasons others have, but I don’t have them.”
Which I take to mean she wishes for me to think
She has not employed her tongue and studs lasciviously.

But, nonetheless, I cannot help but imagine
Those three object sliding gently against
Some lucky fellow's phrenum:
One – Two – Three – AHHhhhh.

She received a generous tip.


Posted on 12/04/2001
Copyright © 2023 Ronald A Pavellas

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Leah Laiben on 12/06/03 at 04:40 AM

hehe...the last lines shocked me! enjoyable read...thanks

Posted by Delilah Coyne on 03/20/06 at 06:44 PM

This is entertaining, edgy and at the end, surprising! great work!

Posted by JD Clay on 11/10/06 at 04:40 PM

If poetry is designed to heighten the readers awareness you have succeeded with this delightful piece. I like your style.

Posted by Mo Couts on 06/06/11 at 03:31 AM

As someone with a pierced tongue, this made me giggle and go 'oohhh' all at once; thank you =)

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