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By <a href="/centrovoices/meet-the-authors/marina-ortiz">Marina Ortiz</a>

just friends

“just friends,”
I promise
I won’t mold you
into whatever I want
or make you invisible
I won’t inspect you
dissect you
and reject you
I won’t beat you
enslave you
prostitute you
fuck you,
screw you,
nail you,
bang you,
ball you
and let you c*m
only when and how I want
I won’t impregnate you
in the name of male supremacy
and private property
or refuse to wear a condom
and then abandon your aids stricken frame
in the middle of the night
I won’t tie you up
knock you up,
lock you up
beat you,
whip you,
stab you,
shoot you,
mutilate you,
burn you
and then watch you die
for the ultimate sense of possession
I won’t take
and give you nothing (rape you)
or give to you only during my “weaker” moments
and then pretend it never happened
or unleash my unbridled rage
as a poor, working- or middle-class
latino, black, jewish or white, straight or gay
male in this dying planet upon you
I won’t abandon you to the oppressive
social, economic, political, cultural and religious institutions
I have created
and then sell you their classist, racist and decadent trappings
as false insulation
and I won’t call you cunt, bitch, dyke, or commie whore
whenever you dare stand up
I won’t rape you
I promise
we’ll be “just friends”

© Marina Ortiz. Published by permission in Centro Voices on 11 April 2015.