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Agneta and the Sea King

Ways of Keeping

I have kept my love for you
like an unloved dog,
chained up in the yard.

You have kept your love for me
pressed between
pages of a well-loved book.

With a diamond, secretly, you have
etched me into a glass pane,
showing me my hiding place
with a cupped hand.

I could teach the world to woo
but teach me to keep as you do.

~Fionula Dowling

Art: Agneta and the Sea King by John Bauer