In Italian the word for fiancee or partner (fidanzato/ fidanzata) comes from the verb fidare, which means to trust, have confidence, rely, or believe. The word for your significant other is literally rooted in trust and faith in them.
I like that a lot.
Riding in his car,
with his hand riding up my thigh,
he tells me that I’m a mystery.
He wants to know about
who I was before he touched me,
so he plants kisses down my spine
and plucks the name of each
past lover from my mouth.
But I am not a graveyard where
mens’ touches have come to die.
There are no tombstones collecting dust
inside of me, waiting for someone to
blow the spiderwebs off of them and
read the details of each morning in bed.
My chest does not come with
names and dates etched into it, so please,
quit looking for the face of each of my ghosts.
You call me a mystery
and yet, the greatest mystery is
how you expect to know someone
by being inside of them
when you cannot even
look them in the eyes and ask,
“What’s your last name?”