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

I Forgive the Pony of Love

It isn’t your fault
little love pony
that love turns everybody problematic

You do your best
to bring the world together
in worship of cheesy song lyrics

But no one understands
what an excruciating
uphill battle you have

The hate owl is always lurking
and regurgitates steaming mouse bits
on all your happily ever afters