Balls! by Alan Semrow


I don’t want to wash these sheets, I don’t want to wash my body
the seeds we’ve planted, I can’t stop thinking
we’ve spent some time now at this little rodeo
can’t we just get used to the secret lives that we don’t know?

I love this dick and I ride it like Gyllenhaal
your whole world, I want it and I want to shave your balls
so, don’t make me wait like this, there’s not much you have to do
to make me fall in love with you.

I built a collection of all of the men that I’ve known
after all, I want to say, sweetie, welcome home
and who’s the Daddy now that you’re going to run to
after all, I want to say, I want to fall for you.

Alan Semrow’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry has been featured in over 30 publications. Apart from writing fiction and nonfiction, he is a monthly contributor at Chosen Magazine and a singer-songwriter. Previously, he was the Fiction Editor for Black Heart Magazine and a Guest Fiction Editor for the Summer Issue of Five Quarterly. Semrow’s debut short story collection, Briefs, was published in 2016. Ripe is his second book. Semrow lives in Minneapolis.