Love Poem for Sale

Love poem for sale
fresh from the pen
of fourteen-year-old
Laura Williams
who is not in love with anyone
but recognises that love poems
are expected of teenage girls
and has moved preemptively
to produce poetry just terrible enough
that no one will detect the cynicism
lurking beneath the gushing description
of the boy Laura imagines
every other girl is crushing on
and turning the clumsy words
into metaphors
for little half-knowing smiles

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