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By Janet Childs


The delicate membrane

of this loving bond

can be rent in a moment:

            an angry word

            a vicious retaliation

a painful retort

            a bringing up of a past incident

            an unthoughtful judgement

a withdrawal of energy

            a pullback of sweetness

a glare, a punch, a sideward glance

            an eye rolling dance -

this delicate membrane


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