What inspires a person

To be loyal to one lover?

Is it merely obligation,

A cultural construct

Designed to tame

The discontented masses?

Is it an economic tactic

Designed to build

A stronger empire?

Is it love or madness,

Devotion or jealousy,

That drives a person

To write poems and letters,

To lay their heart out

On a kitchen table

Bleeding with black ink?

I have given myself

Transfusions of wordplay

After each presentation

Of my useless affection,

My wasted sacrifice,

Or beautiful gift,

Still sitting on the table

Waiting to be opened.

— B.


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