Garotte (originally published in Poetpourri–The Comstock Review–Fall, 1991)
Your words strangle me,
Whipped around my throat
To cut off my air.
You grasp the ends of their meanings
And pull tightly
Until, desperate for my breathing,
I admit, “The error is mine.”
You release me
And give me back the freedom of my words.
I can tell the age of our relationship,
By the amount of rings
Around my neck.