Relax is a word: verb;
adjective- said in a safe
space- then it’s not.

Relax is a symbol;
He registers my

as I twist my face away—
he wants me to submit.

Relax is a command:
accomplice; coercion.

He tastes like coffee,
confidence & control

Relax is an action; a firing
Pin on a trigger: I hate coffee;
eat confidence; reorder control

a twist of my wrist, my
fingers at his throat.
I relax—

I am not the victim
he’s speechless—
I tell him, “relax.”

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