Duet for Singles
for Man and Female
M You could of said hello
Goodbye’s a word too.
If I ever gave hello to you,
I’d know how to say goodbye
M If I meant enough for your anger-
F You represented.
I no longer let you
M You feel nothing
Like seeing a former student
Past is past
F You said it.
You never brought me to desire.
To your desires, yes. You loved me. I never you.
I told you
M I still-
F Still. And gone.
Love is not magic when I can force it out.
You’re gone. You never existed for me.
M You never called, bleeding in the night
F I’m a revisionist, then
And I just revised you out
of my life history.
M Who do you call now
when you have needs
when you can’t be alone
who sits by your fire
I don’t and I don’t.
M All your nights are spent softly. The curtain does not change,the past does not be come, you have not the rivers that wash onto your kitchen floor, nip and bite
F It was as you said. I tested you. I called, you came and, by so doing, failed. You never marked me; by wearing my marks, your marks are mi nus. I have no time for weak men-
M Or those who love you more than you mark yourself
If I’d treated you like fresh scum-
F You could not of. Can not, now, I imagine. Not that I
ever cared. What you? Can’t you find another seat at this bar? You crowd me so.
M You know my number. And soul. And all that.
I’m like Stonehenge. Been here forever and not going
F Be then a ruin
and a lone
M I can find others
F Why haven’t you?
M Can’t ain’t will
original 12-17-82 revised 12-23-82
revised yet again, minimally, on 1-30-21
Some things take their own natural time