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Photograph by Monique Rardin Richardson

Now She Knows

by Monique Rardin Richardson



She offered to be a temporary

placeholder until true love was found


Tongue-tied when near her,

he shared his private thoughts with song

each one more revealing than the last


"Yes," he said, "But never temporary."


The ethereal blue in her heart

turned passionate pink on her cheeks

as requited lyrics danced in her head


No longer did she listen with a hopeful heart.

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