true love

the first time we slept together
we curled away from each other
at the same time
and put our heads between pillows
you looked back over at me
and asked if i always slept like that
as if i were copying you.
we slept like that every night
for three years
curled up and hiding between pillows,
our feet sticking out.
our requirements for sleep
were exactly the same.
in all other things
i followed you
never stating my preference
and gettting more angry
every day
our requirements for living each day
were very different

wendy shaffer

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