not quite

one of those women

caught off kilter by life

in love she thinks

with a married man

& there is no sexism here

this happens to men too

falling for the not quite

but today

we are talking about her

& she is not a stupid person

she knows

this will not turn out right

but being buffeted

by life events

death of her mother

her thinking has gone awry

she tells me of her plants

how the bed must be prepared

for them to grow right

how these things start

all solemn she says

is how they will grow

& all I can do is stand

stare at her

& say yes honey

I know

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