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You and I

I explain quietly. You
Hear me shouting. You
Try a new tack. I
Feel old wounds reopen.

You see both sides. I
See your blinkers. I
Am placatory. You
Sense a new selfishness.

I am a dove. You
Recognize the hawk. You
Offer an olive branch. I
Feel the thorns.

You bleed. I
See crocodile tears. I
Withdraw. You
Reel from the impact.

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Poem You and I - Roger Mcgough