spread me open #30days #30days2018 by Cherie Ann Turpin


not accustomed
to having someone ask me
such an open question
such a vulnerable question
such a way of opening oneself
to another
especially when I consider you
being who you are
being what you are
being how you are
being why you are
especially when I consider me
being who I am
being what I am
being how I am
being why I am
it was so unexpected
at that moment
given the setting
given what that setting meant to you
given what I had said in that setting
I wondered why you asked me
that question
I assumed you would have
anger at me
anger towards me
rage even
I’ve become accustomed
to seeing from a man
but, after almost a year
considering everything
considering the weight
of such a question
I would have to say
no, I am not angry at you
something entirely different
is what I feel about you
even as you continue
as you stare at me
to spread me open.

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