Smoke Screens

I am trying to tell you
I cannot love you;
Not the way you want.

And I’m sorry.
So sorry,
Because the only thing holding
us back is
me,
but I don’t want to be
a “we”.

And you told me
you were going to go smoke
and I’m scrolling until I’m staring
at pictures of cigarettes
labeled with things like
“rejection”

So tell me, babe,
does nicotine taste the same
as you imagine me to be?

Bet your life,
she’s at least
“sweet”.

And you may burn a lover,
but there’s no way
to smoke out a tease.

I am trying to tell you
I cannot love you;
Not the way you want.

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