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vows

i watch her painted mouth
defined lips
moving apart and
coming together
as the
a     e     i     o     u
and
sometimes   y
of civilized goodbyes
are exchanged over coffee
the noise in the café
keeps the words from
coming together
but i hear the
vowels of broken vows
much said, much unspoken
i mouth the words
i now pronounce you

Amy Burns

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