You And I by Roger McGough

I explain quietly.
You hear me shouting.
You try a new tack.
I feel old wounds reopen.

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You see both sides.
I see your blinkers.
I am placatory.
You sense a new selfishness.

I am a dove.
You recognize the hawk.
You offer an olive branch.
I feel the thorns.

You bleed.
I see crocodile tears.
I withdraw.
You reel from the impact.

by Roger McGough

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