Lay in bed with me

so I can give my warmth your name

Whisper words to me

so I can give my love a voice

Promise me the things

that I have worked for and made myself

Question me

so I can answer the doubt stirring in my gut

Yell at me

so the suffering has a volume

Tower over me in the dark

so the fear twisting in my stomach takes a form

Shatter me

so I don’t have to hold the broken parts together

Take everything from me

so my weary arms have nothing left to carry

I will lay raw

and silent

and defenseless

and stripped bare

And there at the bottom of all things

I will find my strength