Tell me what it’s like not to be lonely anymore,
to have a lover who listens, holds your hand—
rubs the bone of your wrist with his thumb,
circles it slowly to soothe the quaking
of your nerves on days of broken glass
and explosions. He knows even when you’re shaken—
you are made of magic, that you weave protection
spells around him when he must leave to save
the world from the evil that stalks us at the grocery
stores, movie theaters, protests. You are a reckoning,
his counterpart during the day and when the professionalism
fades, and his office door lock clicks into place.
You inspire the smirk on his face—
the goddess divine, let him perform acts of devotion,
he wants to watch your pretty eyes roll back
in your head, hear the anticipation pouring
from your lips.
Marisa Silva-Dunbar’s work has been published in Analogies & Allegories Literary Magazine, Dear Reader, Rough Diamond, and Cult of Clio. Marisa is the co-editor of the anthology “Kirstofia.” She has work forthcoming in Sledgehammer Lit Mag. Her second chapbook, “When Goddesses Wake,” is forthcoming from Maverick Duck Press. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @thesweetmaris.