stage fright

you unfurled caverns 
old ropes to climb 
not hang myself with 

you held my hand 
and my head under 
the water, tenderly
 
you baked me hash 
brownies and sex 
by candlelight 

and the cheap wine 
made me luscious
and invisible
 
you borrowed sweaters 
and albums and 
girlfriends to amuse
 
and terrorize me 
you showed secrecy 
and calm torture
 
and from the doorway 
in the dark, your 
naked back, bent
 
kept me straight 
 
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