Advice from a Lone Woman in a Cafe


use good strong verbs in your love poem, she
told me. good love does things, saves, rescues, heals
souls; it doesn’t sit around pining and
weeping, and it certainly doesn’t sit here
staring out some absurd train window. love,
she opined, chases down that train and declares
itself to the one it loves. good love woos,
good love romances continuously
and courts with spontaneous abandon.
seems to use a lot of adverbs as well,
I note. good love is never sarcastic,
she berates me. good love is practical:
you poets seem fond of raising it out
of reach, but true love is always attainable.

David M Pitchford
6 Oct 2011

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