she keeps her compliments
on the backs of her hands
and delivers them iced with empathy

dark suited, stiletto booted
she sings you barbed lullabies
coaxing compliance

but these iris eyes
framed by venal laughter lines
cannot commune with her smile

a winning smile

a mouth that brushes both cheeks
and nails that clutch
the uppers of your arms

oh pinion
of graceful

i love you
say her words

i own you
say her eyes

she says

and her words
reek of fear

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