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Is/Not

Love is not a profession
Genteel or otherwise

Sex is not dentistry
The slick filling of aches and cavities

You are not my doctor
You are not my cure,

Nobody has that
Power, you are merely a fellow/traveller

Give up this medical concern,
Buttoned, attentive,

Permit yourself anger
And permit me mine

Which needs neither
Your approval nor your suprise

Which does not need to be made legal
Which is not against a disease

But agaist you,
Which does not need to be understood

Or washed or cauterized,
Which needs instead

To be said and said.
Permit me the present tense.


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Poem Is/Not - Margaret Atwood