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For Better or Worse

For Better or Worse

written by: Laurie Kuntz



We had no vows for our hurried lunchtime commitment,
only there at the justice of peace to make our unborn son legal.

Had we an oath, we would have never said
for better or worse,

maybe for better or best
not realizing the presumptions of our shared youth.

Here we still are, the son, legal
and grown into his own vows.

While for us, the word worse seeps into the borders of our promises
and better or best sheds its skin,

but leaves an armor as we stand guard
on a precipice and look down
at our remaining journey of steep and rocky paths.

Laurie Kuntz

Laurie Kuntz

Laurie Kuntz is an award-winning poet and film producer. She taught creative writing and poetry in Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. Many of her poetic themes are a result of her working with Southeast Asian refugees for over a decade after the Vietnam War years. She has published two poetry collections (The Moon Over My Mother’s House and Somewhere in the Telling), and two chapbooks (Simple Gestures and Women at the Onsen), as well as an ESL reader (The New Arrival, Books 1 & 2). Her poems, Darnella’s Duty and Not Drowning But Waving have been produced in a podcast from LKMNDS and her poem, Darnella's Duty is published in a new Black Lives Matter Anthology. Her two ESL books have been featured on the podcast ESL for Equality. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her chapbook, Simple Gestures, won the Texas Review Poetry Chapbook Contest. She has produced documentaries on the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Law, and currently is a researcher/producer for a documentary on the Colombian peace process and reintegration of guerrilla soldiers in Colombia. She is the executive producer of an Emmy winning short narrative film, Posthumous. Recently retired, she lives in an endless summer state of mind.
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