Marcellus Davis Jr


Just Let Me Hold You


When dawn switches on the sun, I wear overalls
‘til night falls, come back to a house of torn
screens, a shattered door and don't touch
my body! Face me Baby. Why set our oneness
on fire? Your Taj-Mahal beauty smolders
inside the living-room our domicile holds
broken walls, where books fell on cluttered
hardwood laid open––volumes of trauma!

Strange scattered smells of you been wrestled
down, ravished, by who? Men forced entry
stripped you, your body print indents the couch,
sugar––you’re wringing sobs outt’a pillows.

Lawyer’s lie like they ain't got no momas!
Say your perfume dresses you for rape, reduce
you on trial for being at the house studying
for a degree. If you finger my neck, I’ll bathe
the Isis in your gene-pool––then cover you
under a quiet quilted comforter fry some
snapper; serve your meal, still your body rattles!

Just let me hold you,

we need to cuddle, you recoil at my touch.
Blame you for what? You’re God’s Gift
to me Baby! Once sunshine’s scents made
our sheets symphonies. I'm not a woman,

I don't know! What can I do, pawn the jewels,
sell the classic––move to another house?
Die to lie in shards, of your wounded nights.

The most exquisite act between us sleeps.
No beauty has touched me in twelve months
your position in a fetal knot won't break
my vows. See, the moon never steps out on the night!

Submitted: Monday, December 23, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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