doesn’t everybody

she wanted love

doesn’t everybody?

& I wanted something

but wasn’t prepared to be involved

in the round of family meetings

mad uncles’ feckless aunts

indifferent parents

bad drunk crazed siblings

taking the cowards way out

becoming gently distant

never fully involved

until she threw me over

found somebody more willing

the capacity

to deal with all of that

& I wanted to thank him

from the depth

of my shallow pool

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