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Doggerel

Mt. Locke, Lady with Sunglasses

For Ruth

(1)

You are the Pole I turn around,
My needle's North, the shade I seek
On a hot day. You are the ground
I grow in, stamina I lack.

Remember snow that caked the hood?
The box of bubbly you carried?
In thickness and in stealth we last.
We are an item though not married.

(2)

My heart
is hurt
but strong
enough
to beat
until inert
for you.

Be long
not
short,
life of mine
left,
your love a
gift,
before
the ending
starts.

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