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How to Love

look into her eyes until you are crying
say, “there must be something in my eye,”
say, “the wind is so strong I’m tearing.”

hold her until you are shaking
say, “I must be getting a chill,”
say, “the wind is so strong I am fluttering.”

ask her what matters
but do not accept answers that do not take your breath away
gasp when she tells you
not what you want to hear
but what is true
and reveals more about love than her body does

say, as if choking,
“I must have something caught in my throat,”
say, “I almost died this morning
longing for you.”
mean it.