we don’t achieve open-mouthed kisses
much these days; your teeth need skin
to leave their deep impressions —
I comply with
flesh of thigh & shouldered tendons
& a tongue that’s always been
too uncomfortable with its own softness
to offer itself
anyway — —
I wouldn’t know what to make of us
on paper . . . . . . a case study?
with which offered hypothesis?
A conclusion of Misogamy? Probably.
The discovery: Fear of Intimacy? On both sides, no doubt.
*This study also found that fear of intimacy in women plays a key role in the intimacy of the relationship and in the relationship’s likelihood of survival.
Are we in trouble?
that we can neither bear to speak nor hear
I love you
even as you shower me with Scrabble games
& novels . . .
even as we wrap each other up
in security-blanketed conversations
stimulating thoughts & reason, lacking
otherwise in our outside environment;
even as I am thriving, resurfacing
inside these four righteous walls of containment . . .
have staked my claims of art & poetry all over them — —
could we still be doomed
inside this distance?
* This sentence was taken from a Wikipedia article on Fear of Intimacy.