took me years

I had gotten myself into a tight corner

following my dick into a relationship

that held some measure of affection

on good days that is

but little or no love on most others

& genuinely I did not know what to do

oh sure I could walk out

become another homeless man

just one more bum on the street

looking for a place to stay

to work out just what had happened

& it took me years to understand

this sex thing is not the love thing

passion is an aspect a feeling

but that alone rarely pays rent

on keeping a relationship going

through the quotidian

the ups & downs of fierce creatures

living together in the zoo called a home

in the blank face of an uncaring world

we create between us

so I stayed a little while longer

we were miserable enough anyway

with no energy to change things so

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