Simple Math

Don’t go. Go.
Touch me. Don’t touch me.
Simple math
says it doesn’t make sense
to keep adding
and subtracting
the same things
if what I want
is to change
the way we live
the way you love me—
and by now
you must be so confused
when I walk away
for a crime so small
it would be funny
to those couples
who already know
that commitment
is the key to longevity—
but your love is risk averse
rationed
measured out
as if to give me more
would divide you
diminish you
reduce you to half
of a whole—
so what can I do
but go back to my own house
and quietly close
all the doors I left
standing wide open
for you.

 

 

 

DeMaris
10-10-18

“Bedroom” by Vilhelm Hammershoi, 1890

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