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She Said to Him

She said to him, “You’re not the man I married.
You’ve changed,” she said.  “I hardly recognise
the man who swept me off my feet, who carried
his young bride across the threshold.  He was nice.
And kind, and confident.  A little brash.
But –what for me back then was the decider –
he had a steady job.  Ah, I was rash.
I saw him principally as a provider.
I knew what I desired, not what I needed.
In life you’re not recalled from a false start,
you run the race regardless–that’s what we did.
I gave my hand before I gave my heart.”
She added, then, before he got too worried:
“I love you far more than the man I married.”

Matt Harvey