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Photo Challenge # 98: February 2, 2016

The picture drew me first. I read the caption, “Mate” and recognized its double-meaning. The poem is rich and speaks to the life-long committment we make to each other. Part way through the line, “The only geometry worth the commute

is the human heart,” catches my eye. It captures the give and take in strong relationships that exist because they can and have the right geometry.

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“Mate” by Anne Worner CC BY-SA 2.0

In the inconstant ravages of midday

I drink of your succulent greys,

of your endless repetitions.

Winning accounts for only a fraction

of our experiences, we lose everyday.

I stand here challenging my failures,

the pawn of my genius watered down.

I will not be made palatable.

I will not be made to adhere.

The only geometry worth the commute

is the human heart. Those slovenly angles

really get me going, even now

in this wrangling heat, the muse seizes hold

shaking me free of my rumpled dress.

We were young once, too young

to appreciate the distress of bones

huddled beneath orgasmic flesh.

Too young to know the intimacy

imposed by silence. I love you

in ways both innocuous and forbidden.

I’d kill for you, an oath not undertaken lightly.

We only seem casual, ordinary

but on the inside we are…

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