Wife’s Ghazal

By Alison Stone

I gained weight, you lost hair after our wedding.

The flaws we hid laid bare after our wedding.


As tadpole morphs to frog, woman turns to wife.

Guests whispered, “What a pair!” during our wedding.


Abandoned lingerie wilts in a drawer. We

watch TV from separate chairs since our wedding.


Visitors, beware of stray barbs — pain turned

mean that cuts the sour air since our wedding.


Dolphins, coral, fish like jewels. We kissed under

waves, our fingers bare before our wedding.


Dull with marriage, did you forget my secret

name? Let’s have an affair, despite our wedding.

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