Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ADULTERY, by DAVID IGNATOW



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First Line: The yellow kimono I gave her on the dark stairway
Last Line: Where I earn my pay.
Subject(s): Kimonos; Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


The yellow kimono I gave her on the dark stairway
as a gift is worn now in the light of her bedroom
for her husband's eyes. He believes she bought it
to please him. It could very well be.
In loving me, she found the love for her husband
translated into a yellow kimono he could not afford.

I vanished from her sight long ago.
The dark, damp, dusty back stairs where we met,
I on my knees before her, she queenly supine,
still stands. Each morning on my way
to work I pass it -- in the same building
where I earn my pay.





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