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Likewise
by Julia Older

I could tell at once
that you were married
by the way you listened
as I sifted the flour,
the way you kissed
me on the ear
and soaped me in the shower
and paraded around
my likewise body.
I could tell you were married
from the index cards
and the oil painting
of a screamed woman
crucified on a double bed,
and how you opened
the car door to pull out
the groceries, trained.
You'd have told likewise
from the way I waited
on the other side,
and doled out two of everything,
even when there was only one,
breaking it in half;
and the ache born
from unnamed tear wells
by the vicious coupling,
melting icicles
in the time it takes
a giant to eat
all the Little People.


Julia Older has written 33 books. Her
new book-length poem TALES OF THE
FRANÇOIS VASE is based on a real
25-century Greek vase. The book is
illustrated with Iliad figures and includes a
CD of her award-winning NPR radio play.
The Vase talks at
Hobblebush.com.
March 2013