we sat there
pulling drags
on that little porch
and he sipped beer
staring at everything except me

and he told his story
how the one before had
broken his heart
how she
lied and cheated him
and kissed his lips

before slipping away
to be with another

and i listened
heartbroken for him
wanting to make it better
make it go away
her ghost
who lingered between us
like the smoke from our cigarettes

but he said
it’s ok, baby
I’m happy now

as he leaned in and touched my knee

and i swore
I’d never hurt him
the way she did

never knowing that
in the days to come
he would have is revenge

and now i sit here
pulling drags
telling my story
of how he lied
and cheated
and kissed my lips

before slipping away
to be with another

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