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    "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"...Marriage - Bed

    Meredith Karen Laskow, a poet and essayist with "a decent amount" of publication credits, is the Poet Laureate of Placentia (California) Library District www.placentialibrary.org/laureate/poetlaureate.htm. She makes her living as a jewelry artist www.meredithbead.com, and also teaches a free weekly holistic exercise class for breast cancer survivors.


    Bed

    Two strangers
       share a bed
       still share a life
    but stopped looking toward the future
       when the past
    became too onerous to bear.
    Sometimes arms inch across worn sheets
    lightly brush a shoulder
       once warmed by full embrace
    but the strangers
       never cross the line in the middle of the bed
    leaving broken memories
       to churn in fitful sleep.
    They dream, but never of each other.

    Bodies and hearts lie in a rut
       indentations in the mattress
    where lovers once played.

     
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