In the Dark

I turned the lights off,
and you said you liked kissing boys.
I laughed and said that’s fine, so do I.
It was in the afternoon when I realized you didn’t love me.
And I laughed in relief
because it wasn’t dark, and I didn’t have to tell the truth.

Steffi Shook is a PhD student studying media and focusing on video games, gender and sexuality, and marginalized media production. Poetry has been an important outlet for her since an early age, and she has previously been published in Poetry Quarterly and The Flagler Review. She resides in The Buckeye State.

You can see more of her work in 50/50 here and here