January 16, 2014

Love Song Clichès  (A Poem)
by Rob Roper  January 16, 2014

I want to write a love song for you.
But what would I say?

I would tell you
that I love you
like the stars above
except
stars are suns
and they're really hot.
Fireballs.
So that would be telling you
that I want you to burn up
and die
which is
hardly romantic.

I would tell you that
as long as the sun is shining
I will always love you
except
I'll die
long before the sun stops shining.
You will, too.
So that would be a lie
and you probably don't want a liar
for a boyfriend.

    Yes, there could be a hereafter
    in which case
    I could love you
    for as long as the sun is shining
    but the hereafter is just a theory
    and you don't want promises
    based on mere theories
    do you?

I would tell you
that my love is
as deep as the ocean
but you would drown down there
so that sounds like a threat
and you might have me arrested.

Let's just forget about it.