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  • You were the second lover to say no to my request to have sex under that waterfall; you can see the alcove on the right side of the photo – right in there, perfect spot. But you said no, just like the lover who introduced me to these falls in the first place.

    Jamaica, Vermont. The joke was that it’s a town that’s so liberal that you have to make all left turns to get there. Which, coming from our direction, was true. We did. And then we paid the park fee and did the easy walk over and down to the falls. I think the coffee shop in town also had second hand clothes on sale.

    They are called Hamilton Falls. There are signs at the top of the falls. They say not to jump into that top basin. People have drowned here. But there is a ladder out there all the same.

    The lover that introduced me to them sent me a postcard featuring them the summer she ended things with me. I drank a lot of scotch by myself that night; I used the postcard as a coaster, and wrote a poem that made me sound tougher than I was feeling. I was going to work hung over quite often those days.

    And then a year later, I brought you here, and suggested that we have sex. You said no, just like her. It was the same scene as the time I was there with her: just the two of us, not a lot of clothes, the water cold and moving. Then, just like last time, others showed up, and you told me it was a good idea that we didn’t.

    I jumped alone and you never joined me.
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