Love isn’t the same.

Love isn’t the same

as cold fingers creeping

under the edge of your shirt

looking for warmth in a back alley behind a bar

half-smoked cigarettes dotting the ground

thrown down in the fog of smoke

when a craving for skin to skin contact

overpowers the lust for nicotine.

Love isn’t the same

as a body pressed against grimy brick

in the darkness

allowing foreign hands and tongues to explore

what once was sacred.

Love isn’t the same

as an empty bank account

overdrawn so a few more shots of vodka

could erase the taste of a stranger,

blur the image of them

into a watercolour painting in your mind

that looks more like the landscape

of your past

than like the face of a shadow

you’d stopped in the night to ask

“Will you love me?”

“Will you love me?”, you’d asked

with a kiss you’d try to rinse

from your memory

with mouthwash and tears

in the morning.

Love – it isn’t the same.

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