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William Reichard

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So we go into this with our eyes open, our needs unmet, yet we stay together. Now would be the time to leave, to find someone on whom my love is better spent, but I remain. You remain. And he is here, in spirit or flesh, he fills our house, and I have done everything I can to exorcise him, but he holds you and you have confessed that you love him in one sense, me in another. Why does anyone stay that can leave and find a truer life? We all trap ourselves every day and you and he and I don't make sense. My life can't be lived in threes and two's no longer possible. Is he the one you want when you fall asleep, when you wake and open your arms? Thine: an arcane word to describe all that's yours: as he is, as I am, as we can never be.

William Reichard is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Sin Eater (2010) and This Brightness (2007) both from Mid-List Press. He is the editor of the anthology American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice (New Village Press, 2011).

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