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"He'll be here", she thought
Sprinting to dress, fragrant spritz,
she smiled as he stepped in to prepared bliss.
"I'm going out," he said, throwing down his coat.
Her eyes downcast, tremble he didn't note.
"See you soon," he said, dropping a kiss.
"Never mind," she told herself, "nothing's amiss."
"He's my husband," the mirror said to her,
"he understands, means well, no loss do I incur."
Dress off, now acquiescent plaid,
A love story she watched, lovers glad.
He walked in the frosty night,
There were no friends in the dying light,
Escape he had from her unhappy gaze
How would they leave this maze?
"Never mind," he told the cold wind,
"She's my wife, even if blame is pinned,
on me, night and day,
for hopes that'll never catch a light ray."
Her smile that faded at the sight
Of him, at the door that night
To him seemed a sign
that cross, he could not, a line.
"I meant to ask her to walk with me,"
to a scurrying gopher he said sadly.
"But she wanted solitude for a friend,
how will this marriage mend?"
Two vines he spied on a bough
reaching past crevasses, angry bark and furrow
meeting till leaves embraced,
indistinguishable, upward they raced.
She sat solitary in the night.
Wishing that she might,
leave and not return.
Let go of love for which she yearned.
How her face in his hands came to be,
through her fear and tears she didn't see
but he whispered what she could not believe,
"Never mind everything, for what's lost don't grieve."
"We'll start again, tell me,
what I did, set our love free."
Fingers reaching for stubbly face,
she tried to maintain grace.
"You care not that my heart hurts,
when your dislike you show in spurts,
indifference and anger the norm,
no matter that I try in every form."
In his arms, she felt small,
gladly he felt, break down of a wall
"I thought the same about you,
Didn't know what to try new."
"Never mind," they said together
"It'll now get better,"
"As long as we know more than silence
Know that underneath is love, in essence."
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