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The Gift

David Lehman

"He gave her class. She gave him sex." 
        -- Katharine Hepburn on Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers 

He gave her money. She gave him head. 
He gave her tips on "aggressive growth" mutual funds. She gave him a red rose 
     and a little statue of eros. 
He gave her Genesis 2 (21-23). She gave him Genesis 1 (26-28). 
He gave her a square peg. She gave him a round hole. 
He gave her Long Beach on a late Sunday in September. She gave him zinnias 
     and cosmos in the plenitude of July. 
He gave her a camisole and a brooch. She gave him a cover and a break. 
He gave her Venice, Florida. She gave him Rome, New York. 
He gave her a false sense of security. She gave him a true sense of uncertainty. 
He gave her the finger. She gave him what for. 
He gave her a black eye. She gave him a divorce. 
He gave her a steak for her black eye. She gave him his money back. 
He gave her what she had never had before. She gave him what he had had and 
     lost. 
He gave her nastiness in children. She gave him prudery in adults. 
He gave her Panic Hill. She gave him Mirror Lake. 
He gave her an anthology of drum solos. She gave him the rattle of leaves in 
     the wind. 

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