leave Love to the pop stars and the pre-teens,
to the queer and the lady-like.
Love is common.
Love is standard.
it’s swimming at the bottom of every shot glass
and loitering at the end of every phone call.
Love is cliché.
Love is passé.
it’s said about television shows
and carpet patterns.
so please don’t bother me with Love,
rather all I’m asking is
that you make me