dare you to double cross,
so I can erase
memory lapses,
still I've got mine,
and you've got your
loss.
c'mon,
try to suffocate me
so I can really
learn to breathe.

break your words
and I will dust them
off my palms,
introduce bad theories,
clever methods
of torture
so I can simply smirk
as I fold my arms.

yes,
bring me down lower
and I will learn to rise up
wiser, higher, stronger
because
I thrive when I throb.