When did you become me?
Long ago when I had a man
On the left palm of my hand
I told him to go play.
When he came back, because he knew he could
I couldn’t smell any kisses, neither numbers, nor wood.
And it was okay then. And we could talk
A lot like friends, more like lovers,
Once we’d both gotten over the shock
Of finding things this normal, no questions asked.
And I liked to hear the odd story, of sex that wasn’t as great as ours.
I asked him about love, and whether they had better breasts,
All he said was a faithful no. Truth or kind lies, he left me to guess.
I never knew, then, nor did I care
To investigate the run of adult play
I knew love was to be shared, not locked up and hidden away.
So now that you have me, jealousy, you bitch, all I ask of you
As you viciously smoke me like a cigarette,
If not shared love, what must I feel instead.