He feels used by her because
he wants her more than she wants him,
and often tries to break her whim:
be calm when she's peevish, or arouse
her though she's said she isn't in
the mood right now. Then she will be
still more annoyed, feeling that she
has nowhere to escape within
herself, and he'll be angry, hurt,
left out, obscurely victimized.
And worst: he knows that, when the tide
turns, he will not muster a curt
rebuff, but yield to circumstance
and take her, grateful for the chance.
Wily Apparitions, Cummington Press, ©
Reprinted by permission of the author.