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American Life in Poetry: Betrayal

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By Ted Kooser

All over this country, marriage counselors and therapists are right now speaking to couples about unspoken things. In this poem, Andrea Hollander Budy, an Arkansas poet, shows us one of those couples, suffering from things done and undone.

Betrayal

They decide finally not to speak

of it, the one blemish in their otherwise

blameless marriage. It happened

as these things do, before the permanence

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