Sometimes Mostly

Sometimes

—mostly—

alone

is better.

Nobody

gets hurt

—sometimes—

mostly.

to limit who we allow

Nobody

changes.

We just learn

to limit

who we allow

in our lives

according to

their anxiety

provoked.

Don’t get me wrong

people can change

but

nobody changes

the way

you want them to,

nor should they

unless…

Nah, nobody

changes.

Rapid Eye Movement

You are an embarrassment

he said while picking my pockets

vacant I stared idle

in an undisclosed location

Danielle sat next to me

tenderly stroking the inside flesh

of my arm although

we’d only spoken a handful of times

back in grade school, he said again

Nobody likes you, you know

So I just agreed with him because

her fingers felt like grasshopper wings

fluttering through my mind, he

looked a deep sorrow longer

and that’s where he began to cry

I am sorry my friend, I said while he

cradled me like a new born lamb

only I was much bigger than him

so by the end of it it was I who was

more so doing the cradling, then

as he disappeared effortlessly

Danielle and I sat a long while

next to one another, her hair

long dark and full of whispers

while the room filled with necessary strangers

Holding hands for a while she said,

you aren’t that bad you know

he just really loves you is the point

and then too disappeared into a sea of snakes

which I could not swim

while the couch turned to an island

I sat sipping from my cup

the bitter dark liquid I had earlier poured.

women and men

Don’t fool yourself

you’re nobodies fool

you couldn’t fool me

I couldn’t fool you

around and around

this fool proof plan

was never intended

for women and men.