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This poem is taken from PN Review 36, Volume 10 Number 4, March - April 1984.

Marriage as a Problem of Universals Dick Davis

    Marriage is where
The large abstractions we profess
Are put gently in their small place-
    The holist's stare
In love with Man has managed less
Than eyes that love one ageing face.

    Marriage believes
The universals we desire
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