25

Like a button labelled “do not press”
you’ve never listened to your mother’s instructions.
“Be nice to girls,”
“Don’t touch someone else’s things,”
barging through my door, you
scolded my table manners

“You’re so irresistible, how
could I have stayed away from you?”
Like misinformed flattery,
like a free sample,
you just had to try.

Like your fear of missing out was greater than
any pain I’d feel after you realized I wasn’t your cup of tea
spat out, my fault I was too hot
on the tip of your tongue.

My mistake
for being too hard to swallow,
if only I was more complacent
I could’ve been like honey,
smooth silk down your esophagus.

Too bad my father raised me to drink my tea black
so I’d learn what quality tasted like in my own mouth.
And while you continue to disobey your mother’s axioms,
I wonder when you’ll realize she’s
the only woman who will ever love you.

43 thoughts on “25

  1. Jay Kaushal

    Haha great as always. Scathing almost in the end with this: “And while you continue to disobey your mother’s axioms,
    I wonder when you’ll realize she’s
    the only woman who will ever love you.” Damn! I would never cross you if I was your lover. No lord, would never take a chance. You can kill just with your words! Then again.. If only they understood words; unsaid and said, there wouldn’t have been all this pain left over, to deal with…

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  2. I feel a little sexual innuendo going on between the lines here. Well written. You end on a sad note, though not necessarily unkind. I have heard those words before, then so the definition of forgotten would be: Nobody knows when you’re lonely. Ah yes–someday you are going to miss me. Words that haunt you unto your dying day. Such is life.

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  3. Elle! You are just a goddess! I hear visually and when I read this I see You on a rock, elevated, with the wind blowing through Your hair. Just smiting with words. Amazing. 🤗 Voted again and remembered the other day. Will make a note for myself right now!!! Cheers and Rock on!!! 🙂

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