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March 16, 2018

they were playmates, first.

he negotiated with apple blossoms

and she stomped in puddles with yellow boots

          and made friends with the worms

          wriggling into chinks in mud walls.


on her twenty-fifth birthday he gave her diamonds

and promised a house made of glass. she lined

the windowsills with basil and coriander, tarragon and mint,

            rescued garden slugs

             and sang lullabies to the peach tree.


later, he drank whiskey with identical suits

who carried identical ballpoint pens in their pockets.

she wrote her name in salt on the kitchen table

            and dreamed in grocery store aisles

            in front of soup can sculptures and unspilled milk.

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