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Mercury-Marvin Sunderland (he/him) is a transgender autistic gay man with Borderline Personality Disorder. He's from Seattle and currently attends the Evergreen State College. He's been published by University of Amsterdam's Writer's Block, UC Davis' Open Ceilings, UC Riverside's Santa Ana River Review, UC Santa Barbara's Spectrum, and The New School's The Inquisitive Eater. His lifelong dream is to become the most banned author in human history. He's @RomanGodMercury on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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today i threw out

the can of pineapple rings

because they got covered in mold.


i hadn’t thought

that a can of fruit

drowning in juice

could go bad so easily


as if all that acid

meant nothing.


when you eat

raw pineapple

the acids inside

eat away at meat


which is why you’re left with that

funky feeling


of chemicals

eating your tongue


& grill it

as a meat tenderizer.


tomorrow i will

go grocery shopping


& buy new cans of the

forbidden fruit.


acid juices


acid rings.


cheap tin somehow

won’t be eaten away


only thrown out

when it has lost

all that i can contain.


three (3) sprits

on my collarbone


one (1) sprit

on my left shoulder

one (1) sprit

on my left wrist


repeat on my right


two (2) sprits

just right above

my forehead


& then

i set the pink perfume

on the counter


& put on

my pink eyeshadow


just behind

my pink glasses


then i will put on

my dangly pink star earrings


later i will put on

my pink teddy bear purse


& drink from

my pink water bottles


sitting on my

fluffy pink chair pillow




with my perfume

i give myself


my own holy water

of flowers


spray it

kind of like

the cross


& i know that

a lot of people

think i look pretty funky


because i’m a

tattooed bearded buff guy


& my favorite color is pink


that pink flower water

gives me that

confidence boost




been a long time

since i last went to church


& i actually miss

being religious.


one day i think

i will go back


to my

gay church.


covered in rainbows

because god loves all.


but for now

i spray


my flower water

& thank this world


for all things

bright and beautiful.


float like a butterfly

sting like a bee


bite like a bed bug

roll like a scarab


weave like a spider

drink like a mosquito


dig like an earthworm

anger like a wasp


rub like a housefly

infest like a cockroach


eat like a termite

strut like a ladybug


spin like a silkworm

smell like a stinkbug


itch like a louse

follow like a moth


sing like a cricket

scream like a cicada


jump like a grasshopper

fly like a dragonfly


glow like a firefly

shimmy like a silverfish


threaten like an earwig

bite like a tick


shine like a beetle

slime like a slug


nomad like a snail

work like an ant


float like a butterfly

sting like a bee.

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