We were stepping out of a reading
in October, the first cold night,
and we were following this couple,
were they at the reading? and because
we were lost, I called out to them,
“Are you going to the after party?”
The woman laughed and said no
and the man kept walking, and she
was holding his hand like I hold yours,
though not exactly, she did not
need him for balance. Then what
got into me? I said, “How long
have you been married?” and she said
“Almost 30 years” and because
we were walking in public, no secret,
tell everyone now it’s official,
I said, “How’s marriage?” The man
kept walking. The woman said,
“It gets better but then it gets different.”
The man kept walking.

The poet declares her love publicly and officially. I suppose she should be dating or newly wed. She is curious about how the couple’s marriage is like. The couple said that 30 years of marriage gets different. Being different in the way that the woman holds hands with her husband as if she does not need him. And the man just keeps walking without speaking or showing any emotions. Maybe the love has changed to a different level or different state as time goes by that only the couple knows how it is like.

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