rotten women

oh he knows

worse

he suspects that we know

but won’t tell him

he will never talk on this

what would there be to say

but

rotten women?

she needs him she says

for she is with child

he had dreams of travel

the wandering life

but is needed now

here

in one place

to raise a child

that is not his

this he did not know

at the start

but gradually acquires

the picture

not that he ever

loved the child less

this was not their

fault

problem

we knew but could not tell

he knows now

but cannot

will not

talk

& this is how

rotten women

get away with this

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