what happens when you leave me alone
is what would happen if you didn’t
the ache is solved with little difference
only obligation of independence –

familiar methods, tried and tested
give fond fulfillment and similar shivers
a placebo, auto administrated
but short-shrift pleasure of short-lived patent

as the object now of expert masters
there is pale relief in poor self-service
you have spoilt me for any other
and the waiting game is exquisite torture