math for couples

By 
Adele Graf

subsumed: 1 + 1 = 1

she had no socks
so she wore his

that left him short of socks
so she bought him more

equated: 1 + (1 + 1 - 1) = 2

the young woman snared
an older woman’s long-time lover

the jilted woman chided
we’re the same, just different seasons

augmented: 1 + 1 > 2

she said I love you even
with your string tie

he said I love you even
though you don’t like my string tie

Adele Graf's poems have appeared in The Antigonish Review, Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, Parchment, Bywords Quarterly Journal and many anthologies. Adele lives in Ottawa, where she devotes her time to writing, singing, her family, and her cat.

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