The Dark Side of Love

I had given you everything
I had- remembered the nights
whispering in your ears;
you said it was ocean?

But the strange catch
in my breath, when heart
pounding, raspy and quick
resembled death or happiness

or some dark, unseen creature
lying shaking in an iron trap.
Even then, the wolf would chew
his leg off, without a single prayer

he hobbled away with blood in
his mouth, searching for water.

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