Ten Poems by Robert Plath

She wants me in the worse way
but she can't have what she wants
if she can't love me she'll hate me
in a way she's getting her way
pressing into my body with insults
burying herself in my flesh anywhere she can
when she says something wicked I feel the weight
of her body on my body
she knows there are other ways to get inside
a man, without loving them
she'll take any route she can
she wants me to explode and fuck her back
with my own unkind words
she wants my dirty looks to throw her down
and give her what she needs

(LIQ Winter 2000)