Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

21 January 2007

A Poem for Today by Linda Pastan

"I Married You" by Linda Pastan, from Queen of a Rainy Country. © W. W. Norton & Company.

I Married You

I married you
for all the wrong reasons,
charmed by your
dangerous family history,
by the innocent muscles, bulging
like hidden weapons
under your shirt,
by your naive ties, the colors
of painted scraps of sunset.

I was charmed too
by your assumptions
about me: my serenity —
that mirror waiting to be cracked,
my flashy acrobatics with knives
in the kitchen.
How wrong we both were
about each other,
and how happy we have been.