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He feels used by her because

he wants her more than she wants him,

and often tries to break her whim:

be calm when she's peevish, or arouse

her though she's said she isn't in

the mood right now.  Then she will be

still more annoyed, feeling that she

has nowhere to escape within

herself, and he'll be angry, hurt,

left out, obscurely victimized.

And worst:  he knows that, when the tide

turns, he will not muster a curt

rebuff, but yield to circumstance

and take her, grateful for the chance.


Jan Schreiber



From Wily Apparitions, Cummington Press, 1992.
Reprinted by permission of the author.


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