1. 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.

    By Margaret Atwood

     
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      Love is not a profession genteel or otherwise sex is not dentistry the slick filling of aches and cavities you are not...
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