ANGEL AND CHERRY-BOMB MARK-UP MT. VERNON, OHIO by Annie H.

February 7, 2013

One day I decided to get my tragus pierced.  It was the
perfect body part to do– not as risky or committal as the nipple
or clitoris, but definitely would put high-schoolers in their place
with their pink diamond studs in red-hot puffed earlobes.  The place
advertised its name on the glass window in a large font that could
have been used at a haunted carnival, a font that would appeal to truckers
and their fat fake-blonde wives with skeletons on their sweatshirts, bowlegs,
and soft ass-cracks showing themselves over tight jean hems.  Inside was
a tank of algae crying for fish, and a black leather couch that looked like it
belonged in a lawyer’s office.  I sat down and thought about all the people
who had probably had sex on it.  In the back room, a piercer with a pen-name
and her “apprentice” clamped and thrust at my poor ear while they
called me sweetheart and then it was over.
I see those women everywhere now.
In my gay waiter at Ruby Tuesdays with eyebrows plucked far apart- he had one.
The sad looking woman at the video store with makeup drawn in circles around her eyes:
her ears glinted aggressively like emergency flashers.
The work of the two omniscient artists followed me to Wal-Mart,
to the photo station.  The teenage boy sighed in his blue vest and
while he asked if I wanted doubles, I noticed the studded swirl of a conch
shell where his right ear once was.  These piercers who masquerade as pinup
girls are poking holes right in this very town.  I gotta get out of here before they
get me for real next time.

Annie H. is a junior in college.

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