personal, poetry

Poem: Backs To The Wall

We are not stabbing anyone
Not tonight
Tonight we keep our daggers
In our pockets
And we keep our backs against the wall
We are not stabbing anyone tonight

We are not stabbing anyone tonight
Not friends, lovers, or enemies
Current or exes or otherwise
Tonight we pretend to
Be strangers
Or barring that
We pretend we like each other
Just for the night
The only red that’ll be spilled is the wine

We are not stabbing anyone tonight
There will be no betrayal
Pretend for just one more night
We are on the same team
Before the knife is in my back
Tell me you love me
One more time
If you’re going to kill me
Do it right

The higher you build walls
The harder they come crashing down
Remember that
You are not the only one
Concealing weapons

We are not stabbing anyone tonight
There are no heroes or villains
Winners or losers
Betrayed or betrayers
There is no poison or dagger
And we will not end with war

Come morning we leave with guns raised to each other’s heads
Tonight
We pretend we don’t know the other has a dagger in their pocket
Tonight we aren’t stabbing anyone
But we keep out backs against the wall just in case

(All is fair in love and war
And we are not short on either
And neither cancels the other
That is just the way we are
Putting off a stabbing for just another night
That came morning will be inevitable
There is no fixing this
We’ve caused worse wounds with words
The blood is just an afterthought)

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