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She was in love with the same danger
everybody is. Dangerous
as it is to love a stranger,
she was in love. With that same danger
an adulteress risks a husband’s anger.
Stealthily death enters a house:
she was in love with that danger.
Everybody is dangerous.

Sandra McPherson, “Triolet” from The Year of Our Birth (New York: The Ecco Press, 1978). Copyright © 1978 by Sandra McPherson. Reprinted with the permission of the author.
Source: The Year of Our Birth (Ecco Press, 1978)

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