i’ve watched this day
unfold ache: one
unwitnessed by my eyes.
another seen by love & mine,
brought to sorrowful repentance.
because of a dream i had maybe mid
morning. i told you through ink i didn’t want dreams taking me
back down past road. in the truck
we sit & i am staring him down,
waiting those lips spread across my own. i say, i want to feel again over & over again with the tension swarming inside my body.
but i know i will die if his
pointer traces my mouth;
you don’t let him hurt me,
even as i beg you. please, god, please, i want to feel again. let
him sting me, for I am Eve, believing
you have withheld good from my beauty. & here i am, needy, weakening my flesh with hellfire,
before you find me shivering
behind the fig leaf.