losing the competition

the time they spent together 
seemed so right —

similar interests,
easy conversation,
and an unforced intimacy that
turned red hot at the right moments

but

she kept losing the competition
for his time to
another woman, one
she thought she could
pry him away from —

so she ended it

wondering how she lost a good thing,
not to a supermodel or
some sexual gymnast, but

to a grown man’s

mother

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