We don’t like to be realistic when we’re writing poetry,
When we’re writing about
We don’t like to talk bout pain and
We like flowers and marriage vows–
Because they’re almost permanent
For a time.
We like to think poets
Are great and romantic–
Because it’s nicer than calling them
And I think, in general, we don’t like to be realistic
Because our fantasies and our histories tell us that
Love should last forever and
We don’t like admitting that,
Forever is too long for anyone.