no, he said, effortlessly.
no, i will not adore you,
no matter how much you beg.

no, i will not hold you,
not when you are lament,
i won't allow you to feel safe.

so he holds me under,
my head is getting faint,
i feel i'm fading.

but he's shaking his head,
and really i'm only crying.
say it again. tell me again.

no, he said, simple as that.
as if he had by no means loved at all.