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Long Term


by Stephen Dunn

On this they were in agreement

:
everything that can happen between two people


happens after a while

or has been thought about so hard


there’s almost no difference


between desire and deed.

Each day they stayed together, therefore,


was a day of forgiveness, tacit,


no reason to say the words.

It was easy to forgive, so much harder


to be forgiven. The forgiven had to agree
t

o eat dust in the house of the noble

and both knew this couldn’t go on for long.


The forgiven would need to rise;


the forgiver need to remember the cruelty

in being correct.


Which is why, except in crises,


they spoke about the garden,

what happened at work,


the little ailments and aches


their familiar bodies separately felt.
 
“Long Term” from New and Selected Poems 1974-1994 by Stephen Dunn. Copyright © 1994 by Stephen Dunn. Used with permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. Al

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