Marcia Menter


You Alone

I loved you, and the feeling was mutual.
That is, you loved you too—even more than I did.
I loved you and the love was beautiful:
In this regard our souls were undivided.
As I unspooled the Wonderful Story of You,
you smiled and nodded so beneficently
I failed to note how quickly you withdrew
when I commenced the Wonderful Story of Me.
I was as true a moth as ever flew,
content to chase your flame—until I wasn’t.
I thought our sort of partnership takes two.
It doesn’t.

Marcia Menter‘s poems have appeared in The Hudson Review and The Rialto, among other places. Her poetry pamphlet, The Longing Machine, was published by HappenStance Press. She writes about jewelry at