Finding out a moment too late, that he’s used the last of the
Listening to her talk endlessly about just how wonderful her ex was
Digging his dirty underwear out from under the bed.
Placating her mother with promises of finding a more steady job
Somehow managing not to strangle each other.
And love means
Saying you’re sorry over and over even when you’re sure it was
Holding him through his crying jags in the middle of the night;
ignoring them in the morning.
Not mentioning the ten pounds she’s gained in the last month.
Not laughing when he poses naked in front of the mirror.
Staying together, even when you’re not sure why.
November 8, 1992