The two-step

It once frustrated me
to know that you knew
that I knew
but you wouldn’t give it up
(I also knew)
that you wouldn’t hand it over
(anything real)
if I wouldn’t give to you
the central flower
of my existence

of your thoughts, of sexual pears and apples and grapes
feeding you day and night
and didn’t I know it
wasn’t I sure
that if I satisfied you so completely
I would have all of your heart for moments
and then you would go

And that would never be enough
that all the yes’s in the world
would never be sufficient for you
and your imagination, far-reaching
and superior to mine, would
always be able to conjure
another three wishes

So I continue to frustrate your advances
with one step forward, and
two back

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