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Well, just shelfing this one for the meantime.

"The love that lasts longest is the love that is not returned."

And so not to waste this page, I am sharing here a poem written by a friend:

MIDNIGHT SALE
by Jun de la Rosa

Iím sorry what did you just ask?
Forgive me, the stress
on your last syllable drifts, light
in this place loud
from the movement of hands,
legs hurrying. Lips are formed
into only one word:
Rush.

The bags of curiosity should be opened
on our way home,
while we, hagglers, share notes
on the nightís wonders.

Did you just ask why I was still single?
My mind is stuck,
like my hands
in this mountain of clothes.

Arenít you just glad
we are finally here?
Lovers are just either bad or worseó
there are better buys around
like these shoes that always come in pairs.

No one waits on tables now
while a face burns with candles.
Elsewhere, the soup is turning lukewarm.
Surprises, marking the dates
are forgotten: the flowers printed on linens
are part of the bargain.
A few steps away,
the chocolates are melting,
expiring almost. See.

In this
landslide of overruns,
madness is not anything close to love.

Before you rummage
through that pile of romance novels,
Iíll ask you something:
Can bargains be returned?
How can you tell cheater doilies
that shrink away when washed?



------
*************************************
crystal face I kiss
tongue tastes like sweet cold rain
I fall into pond




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