Afterwards

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Afterwards

the husband was
relaxed, as the wife

held his warm head 
between her armpit

Finishing herself 
in the half hidden 

silence, he nearly 
told her everything 

The way dry leaves 
fall from naked limbs

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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