You had rage that engulfed
your body and flooded your eyes
and riddled your mouth with foul promises
and wronged threats.
I placed my hands on your shoulders
to exorcise the demons that ravaged
your heart, my eyes met yours –
But they weren’t yours.
You grabbed my wrists
and roared back in my face
and shoved me with the adrenaline
of a cornered animal.
The touch of your hands remained
like a burn,
as I sat in my car and listened
to your screams from the house.