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Tooth Against Gum

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That at first you thought him ugly gave me hope
As did your temporary tenure in my bed
But I've been hurt now more than once
And you're becoming harder to defend

Were you naïve? Or simply greedy?
Don't you see issue? Or don't you care?
I should have seen the signs those times you could not understand what I was saying
When you could not comprehend my deep discomfort
It turns out sleeping back to back could well be the coldest kind of close

But I was perfectly prepared to remain silently smitten
Not to anticipate advancement of feeling
As long as the pain did not increase
But you undertook almost the only act that could have made matters worse

And now I wonder no more
There's no way to argue with such evidence
So now you've ground me down
Like tooth on gum you've stripped away the surface

Was I naïve or simply lonely
To let you have me? Well that we'll never know
You dipped your toe into the water when you were not sure how much that I had heard
That you would not have breathed a word I find insulting

For I was perfectly prepared to remain silently smitten
Not to anticipate advancement of feeling
As long as the pain did not increase
But you undertook almost the only act that could have made matters worse
I see you somewhat differently now

And so our situation has become a scab
There's nothing do be done, per se
Only to leave it well alone
Now the time has come for me to make my way
If I don't want to drown
Then surely somehow I must stoop to swim
When at first I felt the knife slip in my guts
I could not tell if what this was
Came down to surgery or murder
With whom you share your sleep
Is none of my concern, my dear
Until I am allowed to act as agent

For I was perfectly prepared to remain silently smitten
Not to anticipate advancement of feeling
As long as the pain did not increase
But you undertook almost the only act that could have made matters worse
I see you somewhat differently now
It seems to me my duty is to make it as if we had never met

You say that we're to close now
But this is not what friends are for
I cannot stomach anymore
No matter how hurt you might be
You say that I can't do this
But that's just not your choice to make
I did not come here to debate
So let's agree to disagree

You lament that once you thought our friendship could not be restrained By crossing borders, crossing oceans, crossing countries
Well so did I, my darling, I once did too
I did not come to make you hurt but, to be honest once again,
I'm glad you do
You said you did not think I'd mind, but I don't think that's true
I don't think you thought of me at all

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from Duologues, released June 18, 2015

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