Vision

Your eyes popped out
like souvlaki
sizzling on the grill
of my indifference
while the tzatziki sauce
of suffering
coated the tomato
ah
the tomato
nestled in the pita
of love

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Tiny Sword

Your tiny sword
is a metaphor
that pulses with meaning
as you hold it
in your tiny hand

Embrace
the tininess of the sword
and the hand
and the metaphor

My love for you
is a tiny sword
with a blunt edge

Sharpen it
my love

Sharpen i

Gargantuan

It is huge
overwhelming
thundering through the door
coming for us
coming for us all
without discrimination
or mercy
or fear
and we cannot see it
and we cannot stop it
and all of us tremble
forever
before it

It is LOVE

Or that is what
the movies tell us
anyway

Parcel

My love for you
is like a parcel
full of things
that haven’t yet been paid for
and now you’re all worried
because the items in the parcel
aren’t really yours yet
at all

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

Q

Query:
What is love?

Response:
What a stupid question

Query:
But what is love
though?

Response:
Do you seriously not have
anything better to do?

Query:
Should I?

Response:
I hope you’re enjoying
wasting my time

Query:
It’s great
isn’t it?

Response:
I hate you
so much

Query:
What is hate?

Response:
Oh piss off