Ever After

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What am I to you now that you are no 
longer what you used to be to me? 

Who are we to each other now that 
there is no us, now that what we once 

were is divided into me and you 
who are not one but two separate and 

unrelated persons except for that ex- 
that goes in front of the words 

that used to mean me, used to mean 
you, words we rarely used (husband, wife) 

as when we once posed (so young and helpless) 
with our hands (yours, mine) clasped on the knife 

that was sinking into the tall white cake. 
All that sweetness, the layers of one thing

and then another, and then one thing again.

© Joyce Sutphen