He cheapens me with his jewelry, his roses, his drunken sucks on my nipples.
I do all that is expected and required.
When he sleeps I am free.
In my mind I go there to that place
where I am bound to the man
who takes me down into the hidden dirt
where we become one
without much struggle.
Only inside his hands and mouth
do I come alive
only when he is inside me
his hot breath on my neck
do I feel that my assignation
is being honored
with honesty and purpose.
This is the truth, the only time
My tears fall because it is winter, always
in these white sheets
and there it is summer
and I can