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it's because
men make women feel small
with a hand or a voice or
a trinket in the palm of your
hand instead of a phone number
or a kiss an uncomfortable silence
three meaningless words
that aren't what you think they are

it's because
my outsides are too hard
my insides too soft and
no visible cracks
but a heart spreading inside
slowly like yolk

it's because
i can see a mistake
two miles away but still make it
hit the gas
no seatbelt on close my eyes
and pray for green lights
while going through a yellow

it's because
damage control means
never regretting my outside actions
just my inside hopes
let's go

Posted July 30, 2003 12:02 AM | On This Day: 2006 2002