the competition

he tells me
two of his girlfriends
are competing
they both think they’re going
to marry him
but they cancel each other out
i think of marraige
with him
sometimes a lump
under a blanket
sometimes a guilty lump
behind the wheel
sometimes a little boy
with a smile that knows it
sometimes coming at you
and attaching his need
to your lips
your neck
your breasts
never letting go
until dawn walks by like a woman
he thinks he can drown inside
sometimes telling you
how to dress
wear make-up
how to drink your water
and drive
why would any woman choose a lifetime
of this?
they must not
love themselves
but when he tells me
two of his old girlfriends
are competing
i get excited
i think
i’m going to win
the competition

wendy shaffer

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