Treasure Island

Edward Wright Haile

(Virginia)

zz 118 Open marriage


Open marriage, how soon it comes apart,
regardless of what anybody says.
They claim free lovers can preserve one heart.
But who could counterfeit love’s offices

with fakes when true in such abundance spreads?
They say these forms refresh a tenderness.
I doubt that that decision took two heads.
No, one of them will stay monogamous.

They miss the best of marriage: conversation
frank, flowing full of what importantly
befalls each day, endearing in relation,
but which in open house immodestly

descends to sound, as who cares to hear of
his tenderness’s latest push and shove?

Submitted: Sunday, October 26, 2008
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