Chalk Circle

by Kimberly Patterson

I do not doubt, for one moment,
that I was right to stay
        (vows before God,
        promises made in solemn sincerity,
        are not to be discarded just because
        they turn unpleasant)
I do not regret, for one moment,
the reconciliations
        (children of God,
        husbands embraced in love for eternity,
        are not to be discarded just because
        they turn unpleasant)
I do not forget, for one moment,
the commitment printed
        (in black and blue over my body)