from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

this afternoon with the sun lowering
you layed bodily flat across the porch swing
and read me lines from marx
with gas fumes lingering from yr
lawnmower proletariat yardworkings
and i with a pair of painted boots in hand
wondered if marx were in love
would he most teasingly say
i need you to love me as much as you are able
because if i were marx
that's what i would say
but sincerely
and with a twinkle in the eye.

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