your hoarded speeches, convoluted
excuses, reasons for saying no, yet
still riding down the road, your
mind made up where lack of
sense has struck.
for granted, love returned with
titles held, lies to the fish
swimming around the hook, bait
nipping to test the worm, nipping
to test the man.
you’ve begun to change, when
will you see I have stayed, prayed,
but will leave, heart bleeding, tears
trailing, if the tide continues to
rise, I must survive.
of you, me, yet reality claims you
after every blink, that beat. After
every caress, constricting relief, lying
exhausted, efforts overpoured, but
the fire everlasting, scorched soul.