So Then

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So Then

by Murray B. Shugars
Southern Cultures, Vol. 16, No. 2: Southern Lives

"So, you get up and pilfer a cigarette from your lover's pack, smoke it in blue moonlight pushing through the bare kitchen window. Someone is listening."

So, you lie awake beside a lover of many years,
and the tabby cat kneads the blanket.
You have only three days’ leave.