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IN LOVE WITH A MARRIED MAN

It is more important
that you read this
than we love each other.

As a friend I can only borrow
from your storehouse,
guarded by the double sentry
of duty and home.

If love were not as final
as the embossed seal,
the shower of rice you danced under,

I might listen to you now
like a woman sending her lover to war,
the uncertain future,
the moving train.

      — Teresa White