Don’t be

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Don’t be too hard
on your ex,
who was frequently
faithful to you.

Woo woo woo woo

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Woo woo woo woo
singing on the radio.
Yayee yayee yayee yayee
started many years ago.

Not another summer
in a wimple!
Someone roll that lady
in the hay.

Bliss

cliff

One night I shall despise him but this night
he is the great white tame hawk
perched beating at my teeth.

He is the scimitar I carry trembling
down the cliff of my sleep.

One day I shall be ashamed.
I shall speak.

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Rachel McAlpine

(Title is same as the title of a short story by Katherine Mansfield that inspired this poem.)