i don’t know when love became elusive –Warsan Shire
Is that the planet you are holding
there in your mouth, all of its city lights
glowing like gold teeth? If we made
more human beings, would you let them find
their own truth? Do you need me yet?
Or is your heart a business? Would lying
with you be like bumping up against steel? Well,
how do you want to be loved? With a mouth?
An ear? By the first body part you sense
when you wake into morning?
What is that cologne you wear, machine
exhaust? Are we still trying to resurrect
ourselves together? Or was erect
what we said? Has someone new found a plot
on your tongue? Do you know love
is an epiphany, not a thing
you have to try at, but a state of mind
you can just realize?
Is it because you think I’m empty?
My door too wide? Can you find
nothing new to fill me with?
At least do me a favor
and hurt me? Wreck me,
bring me down like a piece
of antiquated architecture?
Don’t you see
I have daydreams
Here I am,