throwing in the light like a grenade

I learn slow I know

& not always in the best way

she broke me down

a slow process

getting me to give up

me

bit by bit

morsel after morsel

enticing information

which I gave up freely

not understanding then

her plan unfolding

mistaking this for intimacy

& when she dropped the boom

I was pretty well bashed up

that all that I’d kept on the inside

was now all over the outside

open for derision & laughter

& it took me some time to learn

she had done me a favour

throwing in the light like a grenade

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