I should’ve seen the black
dirt under your fingernails,
or smelt the perfume lingering
at your neck.
But your elbow, touching mine as we sat watching Countdown, kept you hidden in my laugh, in the twinkle of a sigh.
You came home late once,
brought me roses. Every
kiss a kitten-scratch on my
cheek, piercing, reddening.
But your fingers, lacing mine as we walked through the museum, quoting Shakespeare and Keats, made me smile through a cry.
You’d bite blood oranges through
their flesh, peel back the rind
like the skin from my lips, sucking
rubies between your gap-tooth.
But your scent, clouding me as we lay on sticky sheets at 4am, got caught on my tongue. I forgot the black eye.
Published by Turbulence Magazine: Issue 10