Fooled Me for Years with the Wrong Pronouns

By Gwyneth Lewis Gwyneth Lewis
You made me cry in cruel stations,
So I missed many trains. You married others
In plausible buildings. The subsequent son
Became my boss. You promised me nothing
But blamed me for doubting when who wouldn’t.
If  I knew how to please you — who have found
Out my faults. In dreams I’m wild with guilt. Have pity
Kill it. Then, when I’ve lost all hope,
Kiss me again, your mouth so open — 
I’d give anything for one more night — 
That I go without thought. Don’t bite. No,
Mark me. My husband already knows
Exactly what owns me.

Source: Poetry (April 2013).


This poem originally appeared in the April 2013 issue of Poetry magazine

April 2013
 Gwyneth  Lewis


Gwyneth Lewis’s most recent book is Sparrow Tree (Bloodaxe Books, 2011). She has also written two memoirs, Sunbathing in the Rain (Flamingo, 2002) and Two in a Boat (Harper Perennial, 2007).

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SUBJECT Living, Marriage & Companionship, Separation & Divorce, Love, Desire, Heartache & Loss, Unrequited Love

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