Habitation by Margaret Atwood

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Habitation

 

Marriage is not


a house or even a tent

it is before that, and colder:

the edge of the forest, the edge


of the desert


the unpainted stairs


at the back where we squat


outside, eating popcorn

the edge of the receding glacier

where painfully and with wonder


at having survived even


this far

we are learning to make fire

 

Margaret Atwood

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