I should have broken you when I had the chance
Instead of just rattling you on the stick
(But you liked it on the stick, didn’t you?)
I should have left none of your original skin
Showing, I should have bruised you
Because, like an apple, yes, at the end
Of summer, you deserved it.
And I really wanted to give it to you
Because you really wanted it.
Heat rose from you -
Your breath stank of an empty
Inside dying for love
So I tracked you like a dog
And just a little, I roughed you up.
You took me in places we had
To wash afterwards, places –
Nothing but unfinished business.
You know, if I wanted, I could
Feel you on me any time I wanted
Just by thinking of it
But I couldn’t hurt you just by thinking of it.
I had to leave you to do that
And I only thought of that afterwards.