freakishly strong

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when we fell

rocky torso
in my mind
he’d been a colossus
neck thick as a buoy

a broad shouldered Atlas on earth 
chiseled iron thighs like Alamo cannons
a man designed to make women shudder
I watched this colossus shrink
his lies come apart
unravel
at the first sign of honest depth
unhinge from his bold bright eyes
the stacked plates

built on periodical fantasies
real weight pulled the heart from his chest
long ago

all that massive strength trapped uselessly in mortal flesh
weak, he was weaker than I

my will so much greater
still
I could not lift his heart
and he could not press away the lies

when we fell
with a pounding thud
onto the gym floor