1. Love Poem for What It Is

    There’s nothing in the world that loves you
    more than the space you already take up.
    There’s nothing in the world that won’t
    forget you faster than you forgot
    the last person that stepped out from your life.
    When the cat reaches up
    one needled paw to drag down a book
    from your desk, then another,
    that’s not love—that’s dominance.
    When you reach up your hand and try to wheedle
    someone else’s to hold it, that’s love
    dominating you. There’s no word for loving more
    than you should, just the feeling of excess,
    as if your tongue burst in a rash of red sequins,
    as if everyone can see your stutter in the air,
    staccato love you, love you, and nothing in the world
    standing in that space to receive it.

    Rebecca Hazelton

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