Spring 2014 • Vol. XXXVI No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 2014 |

Remaining the Same

Our ways have to change, he said to her, if we wish to remain the same. She agreed, and said, Let's start with your ways first. For example, your belief that you must find the missing parts of yourself before you can say, Let's have a child, or even I love you. Can we change that attitude right now? He realized he should have said something else, like I want us to be as we used to be, that largeness. She knew what he really wanted was to be adored again, unconditionally, but after so many years how was that possible? She still was waiting for an answer to her question. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, he was thinking to himself, and Mary wanted a little lamb. Let's take off our clothes now and just cuddle, he said, remembering that a radio psychologist had said that's what a woman wants to hear. What's the harm? she thought, He might forget who he's become, whisper stuff I just might believe.

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