I am tired of
taking cover. At some point
hiding has to end.
Such a startle you gave me you said
as you always do
while evaluating me with cold eyes
for new fractures to pry open further. The elbow in the side
The push on the back so that I stumble
but you didn’t mean it.
Come on, you say
what’s the matter with you?
I know all there is to know about you.
What a stupid little thing you are.
It’s just a joke. I’m teasing you.
I raise my hand and strike.