by the age of six they will hit their first woman -
you will laugh and call it ‘affection’.
By the age 13, he will come home
with eyes swollen with water and a putty heart,
He will begin to call her all kinds of ugly
names - words he learned from television,
from his community, from you - all with blood on them.
You will laugh and say ‘there are more fish in the sea, son’
and again, he will forget about his own hands.
By 19, he will have a graveyard in his mouth
and a burning city of a woman. One day,
she will look into the mirror and she will
see a corpse. In panic, she will begin
clawing her way out of his cemetery.
And he will remember his hands.
When the police arrives,
his fists will look like a demolition
and his mouth - the dead sea. You will wonder what
went wrong. From where could he have possible learned
this type of behavior? Then he will look at you
with the same eyes he did at six years old
and he will say ‘I loved her’"