where pond was a ruse for calm
I gave voice
to what deadened the field what ended its green
said the word assault, prettier than r____.
The thing shrank from its essence.
(as though to dislodge it from the skin to dislodge his breath from your face his voice
from your ear as though to remove space as though to accord you your own space)
assault was prettier. Assault was less
invasive. R____ would mean admission and surrender.
(Hush, hush. Come, forgiveness.)