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Cruel but satisfying love


he chokes me

as he breathes into my soul

healing me

as he breaks my heart


his words lash out

as his hands caress

stinging kisses

before we undress


he leaves me dejected

stealing my sunshine

and returns with

a light that blinds


watching from afar

he ignores my cries

then reminds me of my scars

only to say I am flawless


he doubts me

as he builds me up

throwing me down

just to worship at my feet


he ruins me

as he celebrates me

silencing me

he amplifies my voice


he squeezes me

until i am strong as steel

saying this is

the way it has to be


he is tender cruelty

the only love

that will ever

satisfy me

© Sreedhari Desai

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