How I Love by Jake Ormrod

After ten years of mistrials and false starts,
It has come to my attention that I do not nurture love,
I smother it,
I unintentionally kill and cover it
in the pursuit of mutual affection.

I cannot do what some do.
I cannot love in half measures.
I cannot boil love down to engagement treasures,
Or expected dates
or mortgage rates
because I love in full.

I can be vile and corrosive.
I am soft and explosive
and I could spend days apologising for what I am
but it would not change how I love.

For better or worse, how I love will leave behind all I am
all I can be
within the chambers of you.

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