“How far have you walked for men who’ve never held your feet in their laps?
how often have you bartered with bone, only to sell yourself short?
why do you find the unavailable so alluring?
where did it begin? what went wrong? and who made you feel so worthless?
if they wanted you, wouldn’t they have chosen you?
all this time, you were begging for love silently, thinking they couldn’t hear you, but they smelt it on you, you must have known that they could taste the desperate on your skin?
and what about the others that would do anything for you, why did you make them love you until you could not stand it?
how are you both of these women, both flighty and needful?
where did you learn this, to want what does not want you?
where did you learn this, to leave those that want to stay?”
“Men are taught to colonize
at the age of 5 through
games like cops and robbers
cowboys and indians
at the age of 8
we are given helmets
and told to hit each other on the head with it
bleed but do not bleed
cut but do not cry
be a man, join the military
die for your country
and if death comes to you
look it in the eye and say:
bring it on, mother-fucker, I fear nothing
When it comes to intimacy men quiver like fault line crumble like cities.