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You should have spoken the truth;
I have no other frame of reference.

Being a woman without guile
is a perilous thing.
It leaves your soul bared;
vulnerable to the hurt of
being misled.

Before you appeared
I'd given up hoping or even
thinking about the possibility
of love in autumn…

…promises are so easy to make
when the only end game is
getting what you want.

Did you even know how
to be real?

Using others' words to
manipulate my feelings
wasn't fair, but perhaps I
should have known better.

I am a mature woman
after all…

…or perhaps you should
be arrested for plagiarism.

No one ever truly knows
another's mind or heart,
but most of me was
an open book

and you read every line,
thinking you'd rewrite
the ending.

Sorry to disappoint.

It's really too bad the story
didn't have a happy ending,
but at least I saw it coming –

experience is funny that way.

And even though
I'm the one who was fooled,
I told you the truth long ago
as I always did.

"You'll live to regret it,"
I said without malice;
just knowing deep
inside what I had
to give you.

The truth hurts,
doesn't it?

K.Tate Jacoby
Copyright July 18, 2015

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