The Other Way

No, I agree.
I get it; you’re right.
Monogamy is not the natural position for human beings.
Why would it be?
We should procreate prodigiously
with as many partners
as our bodies allow.
I’m with you
in theory, but…
I can’t really swing
the other way.

I’m not good at sharing.
I’m too nervous.
I’m too disconcerted
too worried about the competition
about falling short
seeming inferior
seeming small.

I can’t be among too many
because I might be seen coming up
short.
For good or ill,
I’m a one-woman man.
Monogamy all the way.
The boy can’t help it
though intellectually
I see the appeal
of the alternative.

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