could love you

i could love you for the ways you are unlike me
the fire in your eyes and the
great spurts of passion,
i could love you for the way your clothes are piled
on your floor,
and how you haven’t eaten, i could love you for that,
i could love you because you aren’t like me at all,
with my cruel determination and my
uninspired plodding like an overwork mule,
i could love you like an artless metaphor, i could love you
for it all, i could love you despite
it all, i could love you
if you’d let me

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