how to respond to a man that won't leave him angry
or me sad.
that won't leave me sad
or him angry.
another thing i wish i'd been taught:
how to put my needs above
someone else's wants.
loud and fast and angry
that burn for a second and then blow up
in my face
and disappear in a mess
of smoke and debris.
that live for the reaction.
and i don't think i've ever been taught
how to stop a fuse that's already lit.
or where my body will be
to get caught by the shrapnel.
i wish they had been taught to be softer
i wish i was taught to be stone.