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    Marriage Bed

    This is the blood and marrow

    marriage bequeathes, my beloved, to me.

    This second-best bed where we undress our

    superlatives and suppress our lustre.

    This spiral of consuming concession

    coiled to crumble all our couples' cares.

    Watch our dreams diminish to dust

    and debt and disappointment.

    This is the silvered brow-sweat

    borne of weathered working days,

    worth its weight in succour.

    Sterling currency sold eagerly

    for sweet soft-spoken sibilance

    hissed toocloseto slick skin.