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WHEN THE YOUNG HUSBAND . . .by Donald Hall
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Also by Donald Hall:
The Wedding Couple (1996)
Distressed Haiku (2000)
When the young husband picked up his friend's pretty wife
in the taxi one block from her townhouse for their
first lunch together, in a hotel dining room
with a room key in his pocket,
midtown traffic gridlocked and was abruptly still.
"The misery you undertake this afternoon
and you've constructed your playlet a thousand times:
flushed, the door fumbled at, the handbag dropped; the first
of clothes, arrangements for another encounter,
small children abandoned and inconsolable,
sleepless in a bare room; whiskey, meth, cocaine; new
to maintain distrust; the daily desire to die
Copyright © 1993 by Donald Hall. All rights reserved.
The Atlantic Monthly; May 1993; When the Young Husband; Volume 271, No. 3; page 74.