you bruise easy for a hard girl - nicole blackman

He will not stitch you back up
when he is finished panting
into your shoulder
into your guts.

He will pay for dinner smirking
a treaty or a dirty payment
for the loving later
for the silence after.

He will return your phone call
three days later
three weeks later
three months later
so you never mistake
who's in control.

He will not ride to rescue
or dry your tears for you.
He will not untie the ropes he's knotted
around your wrists
and your sobbing throat.

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