Sabrina Lacey

Restraint - Poem by Sabrina Lacey

Steady on.
Tonight, in a dress
cut down to my waist,
I'm heart and body
all on display,
and you catch my eye
again and again and again.

Hold up.
If you can't love me,
keep your hands to yourself, please.
Yes, you are devastating
and I am devoted,
in a million ways
beyond the power of mere words,
but that's exactly why
I won't be taking you home tonight.

Hang about.
I wore these heels
to at least reach your chest,
to look you right in the eye
and tell you my farewell.
Tonight I know I'm perfect,
with my lipstick on
as you swallow me whole
with just a glance,
but that wasn't enough before
and I know it won't be now.
I just wanted to be beautiful,
for the last time we ever met.

Careful now.
We're in a crowded room,
surrounded as always
and someone might see
that you're desperate,
itching just to take me home,
and worst of all,
how walking away from you
is absolutely killing me.

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  • (11/14/2007 2:51:00 PM)

    Excellent. Tension builds toward an absolute perfect last two lines. Sometimes restraint can be a very difficult thing, even though we know it's best. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, April 25, 2011

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