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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Chocolate Waters

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My Mother's Wedding Rings

Why did you continue to wear them
20 years after Dad was gone?
They embraced you in death
like he never did in life.
A reminder you could put up with a man,
an unloving man, but a man just the same?
As a teenager I found his silver-plated lighter,
"Carol" scratched into it.
She was one of many.
At 58 you confessed you hadn't been intimate
for 16 years.
It was the most personal thing
you ever revealed.
I didn't know why you told me then.
I don't know now.