The Good Girl (a polyamory poem, reprise)

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Polyamory Poetry
It's easier to be The Good Girl
the generous, open-minded, secure girl
when That Girl is far
far away
 
When you're safe from spontaneous 
intrusions
or when you're certain
that crossing paths 
on a late night
no bra, no makeup, fat pants ice cream run
is clearly 
a nonissue
 
So much more tolerable if That Girl 
isn't quite as pretty or witty
or as smart as you
if she's quietly content being plain 
and outshined
because she knows 
(her place)
she knows she can't hold the spotlight
not with you around
 
When you know That Girl isn't really 
competition 
Not to be mean but
she actually, in a weird way 
makes you feel sort of better about yourself 
 
And if there's going to have to be a That Girl
she should not
by her very existence 
make you question everything 
 
Everything you were so goddamn sure
you already knew about 
your relationship 
about him
and even about yourself
 
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