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MARRIED, by            
First Line: Dining with him at home, she looked between
Last Line: Now empty, ineffectual, and blurred.
Subject(s): Boredom; Emptiness; Marriage; Nothingness; Ennui; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Nihilism; Voids


Dining with him at home, she looked between
Tall candles at his strange, familiar face . . .
A face still so bewildering when seen
Across a table . . . or in any place
Where he was shaken free from her, and she
Must stifle old desires to beat the bars
That caged their passionate identity,
As distant and as secret as the stars.

Sometimes, when he was shaving, she would stare
Until his face seemed silly . . . like a word,
Sane and distinct when other words are there . . .
Now empty, ineffectual, and blurred.





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