From Writing Notebook 2021, published in 2022.


She hates his style.
She hates his weight.
She hates the way his whiskers grow
She hates the sniff he gives
with fingers curled to his nose
at the smell of garlic.
But that’s the way it is. It’s a process.

Clumsy when it comes to moving
Tiresome in conversation
Far from being pleasant to know but
He always tells the truth.
She can’t afford to hate him.


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