Troche or Dare

Progesterone tablets
(sub-lingual 200mg)
like words that can’t
be uttered

rants gagged
under the skin

fierce blurts best
left unsaid

slipped out fast
past the pressed-down
these lips too loose
for effacement.

You see, I didn’t mean
to have voiced
it, only thought
that hot feeling;
itching for scratch.

Helen Thurloe


Helen Thurloe is a Sydney writer. Her poems have won national awards and appear in several anthologies. Her first novel, Promising Azra, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2016.

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