True Love

The relationship was fraught with agony,
ecstasy, glorious highs and horrific lows
incredibly, achingly dysfunctional
the kind of relationship that Burton had
with Taylor, only less rich, and more
drinking — hard-drinking, weekends away
nights alone, wondering, always wondering
when the priority would shift, when the deeds
would match the words
knowing change would only come
after a fabulous, spectacular
crash and burn,
where licking one’s wounds would
be coupled with a slow fade
leaving only a shadow of the
the teacher she once


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