Lawrence S. Pertillar
You Can Not Force Anyone To Love You - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar
That cute depiction of a baby in diapers,
Armed with a bow and arrow...
Is a visual metaphor,
To express one's love for another.
That massacre that happened in Chicago,
Many years ago...
Was not a gangster's way,
Of showing devoted love.
That had something to do with the liquor wars.
On Valentine's Day...
It is more popular to send cards,
Or buy candy to deliver with flowers.
I know you are 'idealistic'...
And want to interprete your love as true?
But the diaper wearing?
Machine gun? The candy and flowers?
AND a bow and arrow?
You can not force anyone to love you.
No matter how ridiculous.
Get a divorce.
Send a card.
That's more simple than paying court fees.
And requesting me to appear,
To give you a wholesome character reference.
Love does not mean having to say you're sorry.
'That's not original.'
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