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Poem - What My Parents Told Me About Love

What My Parents Told Me About Love

‘You don’t choose who you love’ my father said

When it comes you must accept it

Though others may not understand your happiness

It is how it will be.

My mother told me that you lose the animal passion

But are left with what you need

Someone to laugh with on the sofa

Who brings home your favourite beer

and flavour of crisps.

They said it’s not the love that is hard work

It is the cohabitation

You leave all the cupboards open, I am a nightmare when I’m hungry

Yet here we are

Together

Toni Bonner