Relearning this body
after you scratched
your way across it
is a full time job

scissor pull
through patchy hair
a reminder
that it’s mine to cut

tongue bite
rain drive
pulsing purple aisles
of sex shop glow

read the history
of my anatomy
touch the skin
that pushes back

clove and belly breath
salt thumb lick
anything to breathe back out
feel like there is something left here

but it takes
a special kind of patience
to let myself back in
deep and slow

patience takes trust
and you didn’t leave me
with a whole lot of that

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