“How far have you walked for men
who’ve never held your feet in their laps?
How often have you bartered with bone,
only to sell yourself short?
Why do do you find the unavailable so alluring?
Where did it begin? What went wrong?
And who made you feel so worthless?
If they wanted you, wouldn’t they have chosen you?
All this time you were begging for love silently, thinking
they couldn’t hear you, but they smelt it on you.
You must have known they could taste the desperate on your skin.
And what about others that would do anything for you,
why did you make them love you
until they couldn’t stand it?
How are you both of these women, both flighty and needful?
Where did you learn this, to want what does not want you?
Where did you learn this, to leave those that want to stay?”