are the most recognizable nonverbal languages
in the world other than love.
her ear or her heart enough to say it back.
That will only grant you permission
not an access pass to jump into positions she didn’t say
she was ready for,
When arms become armor wrapped around
this is not a type of foreplay.
This is not your favorite porno or
place where fantasies are recreated
in a picture she doesn’t smile for.
I repeat silence is not a tease.
become a rooftop over her stomach.
it is raining outside.
Wet isn’t consent.
If a woman wants you to drink
she will ask if you are thirsty.
Your thirst doesn’t make her an open
playing hard to get.
Is very easy to comprehend.
FRANKIE A SOTO is an author and poet of Puerto Rican descent by way of New York. In 2016 he was awarded the Multicultural Poet of the year at the National Poetry Awards held in Chicago. He’s featured for the New York Times, ABC News and has traveled all across the country and continues to actively tour at Colleges/Universities. He’s been published in previous publications (HeArt Online, Rust Magazine, Pedestal Magazine) and more. He is a Sports enthusiast, Coffee Lover, Avid Hiker and Adventurer at heart who can’t deny his love for fatherhood and his two kids.