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If you take the word
and wind it around the finger
you have a ring
symbolizing some sore marriage.
A gangster marries himself
so does a whore
that's why their fingers
are filled with rings
One day I decided
to throw the word relate
into the water
to see what would happen
The water rippled outwardly
helping a dying butterfly reach shore
I still say
if we could sit down on a bench
and throw bread under the ducks
and feel the menace together
we'd hold the word relate
in our lap and make contact
Yet who can stay with pain?
Not I

Irwin R. Shaw - December 20th 1983