Happy birthday Flo!! ❤️
First it’s the aichmophobia.
The metal medical
exam tables, the glass
thermometer, the plastic
sharps waste container,
they all might as well stab
me from the agonizing anxiety.
Needles and other sharp tools on
the steel tray the nurse serves to
remind me of the time I ran sprinting
out of the hospital before other doctors
had to grab and drag me back to the room.
Or the time when I had to sit for four hours
in a wrought iron hospital bed with a tube
sticking out of my arm and with stiff, coarse
cushions as my only comfort because leaving
the hospital wasn’t as great as I first thought
it would be after the remaining blood quickly
started gathering up towards my face and
Next came the emetophobia.
The heart-tantalizing experience
of trying to keep my cool because
I am now sweating and I can feel
the residuals coming up through
my throat and I am trying so hard
to swallow it all back in before…
everything—erupts and clattering
onto the sidewalk in the Walgreens
parking lot is the spilling noise of
foul liquid trickling down my leg.
The scary thing is that I’m not afraid
of the everyday risks that could possibly
kill me, like getting into a car accident.
No, I’m more frightened by my phobias.
— Anne Sexton (A Self-Portrait In Letters)
Ask me what kind of porn I’m into,
and I will take you on a magical journey to
What turns me on
is Ginny Weasley in the Restricted Section with her skirt hiked up,
Sirius Black in a secret passageway
solemnly swearing he is up to no good,
and Draco Malfoy