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Love Lines Along the Years

In the Beginning

It was innocence that brought them to the river,

its current invisible through the leaves.

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Gently, at first,

they called each other husband, wife,

each name a small country

whose currency they didn't own.

He yearned for husbandry,

the keeping of trees.

She coaxed peas, melons, cabbages

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near the swiftly moving river.

No matter they owned nothing;

verdant, so dense and still the grass.

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