Thursday, August 23, 2012

More or Less

More or Less
—for Frank Bidart 

The less Ronnie needed me—
The more I wanted him really bad

The less he cared about me—
The more I simply couldn’t stand it

The less he said when I did him—
The more I craved it guttural 

The less he needed a blowjob—
The more shell-shocked it left me

The less he felt about me—
The more he enjambed my life

The less he let me get him off—
The more I wanted to marry him

The less he wrote home to me—
The more the Navy sneered at me

The less the obituaries said—
The more I just hated Viet Nam

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