A photo of a magnified flea
Photo by Eric A. Lazo-Wasem. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

At 6 I knew that “fuck” was the word to use
whenever you were angry or frustrated
or wanted to get under someone’s skin.
This was back before I knew words like
and spite
and abuse.



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Matthew Thiele

Matthew Thiele

Teacher. Satirist. Scholar. Published in Slackjaw, Points in Case, McSweeney’s, Ben Jonson Journal, and elsewhere. Definitely not a robot. Or an alien.