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Do Not Write About Love 

Do not write about love
it is clichéd
It is a rabid dog
that once bit us
and which we’d rather forget

Do not seek it
Do not think you need it in your life
The word must never appear
It can be alluded to,
but only as something
we hide beneath our bed

Sex is violent
Dig in your nails and make someone’s flesh bleed
Then leave the carcass in the morning
Love does not understand this
It is not postmodern
It lives in a world of absolutes
Of terrible movies where it is a monster,
which cannot be destroyed

Do not write about love
Do not think it
Do not look into its horrible eyes
Do not deem it worthy
of the statues
and wars made in its name

Then tell someone you love them
and let them say they love you too
Allow this mangled beast finally
to pummel you into dust

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