The man who wants to touch you

The man who wants to touch you
memorizes the taste of your skin,
leaving fingerprints on your lips as he traces the shivers down your spine,
and he will implore you to stand a little taller
just so he can reach down to kiss you.

The man who wants to touch you
does not hesitate to hold you when you cannot hold it together,
he forgets sometimes where your flesh ends and his begins,
and he will try to only stare
when you are not looking.

The man who wants to touch you does not need to be taught
how to love you,
and he will not deny the hardness of the ground
or how much it hurts to fall.
He will remember to breathe enough for the two of you
in case you forget.

But
the man who wants to touch you
is not waiting for you around the next corner,
he does not look for you across the room.
He is the stuff of hot winter dreams and bad days of the week,
he only dwells in the dark spaces that you have made familiar.

The man who wants to touch you
does not exist.
So do not reach for strangers anymore,
they do not know where to put their hands.
And they will never learn to say your real name.
They apologize instead for your mistake
and will leave the door open as they exit,
letting the cold creep in.

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