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‘I love you’
and its evil twin
‘Love ya’

 how they flow across the tongue
glib but tired half-true habits
drones in need of overhaul

 soundless noise
unmeant unheard
invalid password
instinct-blocked from other’s heart

what eager understudy
waits in wings of romance —
love’s more genuine self?

 what if?
what if instead I said,
“I cherish you.”

ahh, ‘cherish’ . . .
to hold another dear
take care of
protect
foster

‘cherish’
all-in
naught in safe reserve
Cupid’s sharpest arrow
costing the lover
delighting the beloved

‘cherish’
now there’s love’s worthy sub

“Love Emeritus” (c) 2013 by Alfred J.Garrotto

Image “Couple on the Beach” (c) 2013 by Alfred J. Garrotto

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