Real Romantic

by Rachelle Toarmino


You feel like such a bonus 
meeting me where I’m at

Nothing pleases me like life 
in quotes in an obit

The impulse toward the lyric 
is a private thing
and I’m a real insider

The sentence pulled back by its hair 
settles into a miraculous 
decoy for sense

Try telling a romantic 
it’s not as real as it feels

I get hopeful 
looking the part

So what if love is my form

Love is first of all 
and the rest of it all also

I unnerve for you

wanting to go all the way
but I haven’t

Quick question—
What do you want from me

Short answer—
You can have it


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