my beating heart beats me down
with everyone
hit after hit
like the swing of a bat
it is assailant
we are victim
struck to the ground
defenseless, frightened
eager, excited
it is a dominatrix
a whip crack
the lash to the back
enslaved to it
tied to it
in need of it
wanting it
doing anything for it
to keep it going
to maintain the flow
the pump, the thrill
it is the driver
we are the stolen car
taken for a joy ride
throttled, over-heated
leaking fluids
venting steam
treads worn bare
tires blown
engine ticking, cooling
a final sputter
and that’s all there is… is that all there is?


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