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YOU WILL KNOW HOW MUCH

YOUR LOVER LOVES YOU

NOT IN THE EARTHSHAKING DEEDS

HE DOES FOR YOU,

LIKE RESCUING YOU FROM

A BURNING BUILDING;

OR THE EXPENSIVE THINGS

THAT HE BUYS FOR YOU,

LIKE A SPRAWLING MANSION

OR A 10-CARAT DIAMOND RING;

BUT IN THE SUBTLE GESTURES

THAT HE SHOWS,

LIKE GLANCING AT YOU

WITH LOVING EYES,

OR BLOWING GENTLY

AT THE BACK OF YOUR NECK,

OR MUSSING YOUR HAIR,

OR STEALING A KISS

OR TWO FROM YOU;

AND THE LITTLE TOKENS

HE GIFTS YOU WITH,

LIKE A CRUDE LOVE POEM

HE HIMSELF HAS WRIT,

OR THAT TINY WILD YELLOW

FLOWER HE PLUCKS 

ON THE WAY TO YOUR HOUSE:

THESE ARE THE GESTURES

THAT COUNT BECAUSE THEY

ARE DONE SPONTANEOUSLY

(UNLIKE BIG SURPRISES

THAT ARE PLANNED AHEAD

OF TIME AND ARE CONTRIVED)

AND COME STRAIGHT FROM

HIS HEART OF HEARTS,

LADEN WITH PURE LOVE.

 

Los Angeles

March 3, 2012

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