a love like ivy

December 15, 2017
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the battered cottage

with its mismatched shutters and

patchwork roof yearns for?


a love like ivy:

a natural love that grows

on you until its


existence seems as

obvious as butter spread
on pumpernickel


bread; a gentle love

that abstains from dismantling
your structure unlike


the amorous storms

which came before it;
a healthy love that


requires tending, not

coaxing – whose affectionate
vines gravitate to


you instinctively

(you mustn’t persuade them to
come or to stay). such


is the love that you,

my resilient cottage, deserve.
spurn anything less.

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