he came to realize

she’d been leaving

tiny pieces of her heart behind

for someone else

to find

 a thinly veiled S.O.S

an emotional bread crumb trail

his absence

the inspiration for her dalliance

the flirtation and the fallacy

in truth

she deserved no amnesty

painted in the red hot pain

of his gaze

exposed and shameful

there was no beauty

in betrayal

he had every right

and every reason

to abandon those vows

in the face of her treason

and yet he chose to fight

 to stay

to suck the poison from the bite

and she knew in that moment

she never again

would stray

–a.duncan 2016

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Amor et melle et felle est fecundissimus || Love is rich with both honey and venom

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