Can I ask a question?

she says

and doesn’t notice

she already has

if I died

would you live with someone again?

and that’s not a question

more a minefield


I say no

loving once is enough for me

and she smiles

a crooked smile

and I know now

an answer to a question

I never knew to ask


whether I answered truthfully

may only be answered

by time

& then I spoil it

the truth of it is

the most rotten trick we have

is that we get you to love us

& then we die first

not now

when you are young

but in your late sixties

maybe seventies

& starting over


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