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by Stephanie Alfaia

“Vanilla” I say
Convinced it’s the flavor I always wanted.
I slide my tongue around the ice cream
Trying my best to concentrate on it
I bite down the cone and go numb
For a second I can’t feel anything except
The dull knife sharp pain 
along the side of my head 
A form of anesthesia I know well
That one technique where if it hurts
You invent a different pain 

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