The poem uses the extended metaphor of a gunfight to represent the emotional aggression between the lovers.
‘Like guns’ communication over the phone are being used as a way to emotionally hurt each other. The act of pulling a trigger is intentional, as are their words during this argument. ‘I twirl the phone’ as though it were a gun which suggests a confidence for the speaker. They are willing and ready to use their weapon. Hurting each other is two-way. The poem later says: “wide off the mark” this shows she was ineffective at hurting her lover, or suggests that she didn’t really want to hurt her partner. The poem goes on to say: ‘blast me’ this is a powerful line and the power of what has been said shows that she is hurt and the reader has been affected by what has been said. ‘Down on my knees’ this shows to the reader that she has been wounded by what she has said and has made her weaker. The writer later on describes the kisses at the end of the message as