Sometimes my love hurts
The teasing leaves thin lines 
My teeth dig too deep
And I only see the damage when
The blood seeps past thin skin

Sometimes my friendship hurts
The truth cracks both our bones
I bite my tongue and swallow blood
Only for the words to come out
Somewhere unexpected

Sometimes my respect doesn’t matter
My damages are too manifold
For kindness to break through
By the time you realize that’s just me
Sincere apologies for thoughtlessness fall flat

Intentions don’t matter in the aftermath
Of my dangerous love, friendship, or regard
Hiding out only helps for so long
Before I try again—turn it in,
To keep it from falling like acid rain


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