Iowa Writes

KIKI PETROSINO
Valentine


Sorry, but I just don't love you
more than Darwinism.

More than: Farmers take their animals to feed
upon the alpine balds
.

I don't love you more than this cheese slice
which tastes of Swiss feet.

I don't love you more than falling off the
button lift, or haul lines,

or deciding whether peanut M&Ms are treats
or snacks.

I don't love you more than old darknesses
and sipping from thimbles.

I just don't love you.
I just don't love you more than pizza.

Or the final scenes of Clue.
Or colored chalk.
Or what Clive Owen's jaws are made out of.

Sorry, but I just don't love you
more than Darwinism.

More than: Farmers take their animals to feed
upon the alpine balds
.

I don't love you more than this cheese slice
which tastes of Swiss feet.

I don't love you more than falling off the
button lift, or haul lines,

or deciding whether peanut M&Ms are treats
or snacks.

I don't love you more than old darknesses
and sipping from thimbles.

I just don't love you.
I just don't love you more than pizza.

Or the final scenes of Clue.
Or colored chalk.
Or what Clive Owen's jaws are made out of.

I don't love you more than the social imagination.
Or more than NPR on Sunday.

Or my own face, glyphed
with tulip pollen.

I don't love you more than the word classic.
Or my afro.
Or this badass wrestling singlet.

No. But you're better off.
I'd only cause you grief, in time.

Abandon you for someone jazzy, more hirsutemdash;
Probably. I guess.

I mean, maybe if you stepped into the singlet right now.
Theoretically. Just to see.

Wait— Wait—
( . . . )

Nope.

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About Iowa Writes

Since 2006, Iowa Writes has featured the work of Iowa-identified writers (whether they have Iowa roots or live here now) and work published by Iowa journals and publishers on The Daily Palette. Iowa Writes features poetry, fiction, or nonfiction twice a week on the Palette.

In November of 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Iowa City has joined Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia as UNESCO Cities of Literature.

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KIKI PETROSINO

Kiki Petrosino lives in Iowa City. Her collection, Fort Red Border, will be published in 2009 by Sarabande Books.

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on January 02, 2009

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