For Women Who are ‘Difficult’ to Love

by Marjorie

by: Warsan Shire

You are a horse running alone

and he tries to tame you,

compares you to an impossible highway

to a burning house

says you are blinding him

that he could never leave you,

forget you

want anything but you.

You dizzy him, you are unbearable.

Every woman before or after you

is doused in your name.

You fill his mouth

 his teeth ache with memory of taste,

his body just a long shadow seeking yours,

but you are always too intense,

frightening in the way you want him.

Unashamed and sacrificial,

he tells you that no man can live up to the one who

lives in your head

and you tried to change didn’t you?

Closed your mouth more,

tried to be softer

prettier,

less volatile, less awake

but even when sleeping you could feel

him travelling away from you in his dreams.

So what did you want to do love,

split his head open?

You can’t make homes out of human beings.

Someone should have already told you that

and if he wants to leave

then let him leave.

You are terrifying

and strange and beautiful,

something not everyone knows how to love.

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