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Karl W. SwartzThe Fall

It would take quite a woman to wear
another woman's hair,
for I have seen her rival
and know the love she bears.

To wear as perfect ornament
to complement accessory
and bear it right, as rival might,
in absolute certainty.

I have seen the nights
that rivals fight.
I know to lose
is not to choose.

The hair is fine to wear
as any rival might—
in perfect knowledge,

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