Sorry, Ma’am, the test results are in.
We regret to inform you
you’re allergic to love. But you must’ve
noticed the symptoms, a stoic
out of her time: the way you
at the touch of a stranger, a friend,
your mother? You endure love
rather than return it,
wait out its monsoons, and
begin planting again
in the silence of its passage.
What? So practical! Didn’t you hear…
But, of course. You would be.
An antihistamine to start, and
Perhaps some time alone? How long? Well,
that depends. Would you like
to love again?
In that case,
as long as you like. And do let me know
how the antihistamine is working.