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warts and all

warts & all

he swore when he met her
that he’d love her forever, 
warts & all---
sure, it was storybook
nonsense & even at the time
he promised it, she knew
it, but she wanted to believe it
& so she said “yes” &
she fell hard & 
the wedding followed with
children following the
marriage soon thereafter.  

they attended parties when
they aged a bit, with the
kids at a babysitter’s &
one night she walked in on
him & her best friend who
was sitting up on the counter
in the kitchen with a beer in
one hand & her husband’s ass
gripped in the other,
whilst they lip-locked,
moaning together,
oblivious to everything around
including this woman who
had fallen apart right then &

having turned round to leave
the kitchen, she decided to
keep it inside, for she didn’t 
want to get in an argument with
her husband & she also decided
not to confront her best friend
about it, keeping it all inside &
this submissive behavior 
increased throughout their marriage
as the years passed.  

and now, 20 years later, she
tells the story to her younger coworkers
who have younger significant others of
their own & cannot believe that she has
kept this inside all these years.

while her own experience acts as an
impetus for the younger women around her,
who listen to her because they respect her
& refuse to let the men in their own lives
do to them what has been done to her,
this woman’s life has had a hole that 
started as small as a needle prick
in the greater scheme &
has grown into something so large 
that it will sooner than later
swallow her whole.

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