love is

as a kid that cartoon pic

in my grandma’s paper

of what love is

apparently

saying I love you

in various guises

unexpected times

or with flowers

gifties

while in this more prosaic life

love was waking up next to your girl

who’d not run off in the night

with your wallet keys to the car

anything else easy to carry

or

one of your now ex-friends

given an std picked up from another

who did not throw stuff around

talked kind when you’re down

that appeared to be now

what love is

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