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May 16, 2024


Women marry once to make secure,
Then marry twice for passion that endures.
What first a fence upon a cliff
With pestered pause and reason’s rule,
Second try they fly above the rushing shore,
Its base their fertile feelings fed.
What starts as mind twins as lust.
Women marry twice their joy’s requite.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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