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I Don't Trust Any Love



I don't trust any love that loves me
for any aspect but my words.
Which I guess is just another way of saying
that I love myself for my words.
But I remember a time—just—
when there was more to me than that,
and when I was loved for it.
I long for the love that is born in one look,
or in five minutes spent in quiet proximity,
but it seems impossibly remote.
Almost everyone settles for something:
companionship; the illusion of security.
Solitude.  Words.
Love me, love my rhetoric.

All poems are written and copyrighted by Michael C. Rush.
None may be republished or repurposed without permission.