Stop peddling this story about love.
Love is no elixir.
It will not save you
From the ravages of time,
Or warm you
In the cold embrace of death;
It will break your heart slowly
And teach you beautiful things
You never knew about sorrow.
But even then,
Do not give up on love.
After all the pain and heartbreak,
It is still the one thing worth fighting for.
Because I know no other way,
Though there have been others who have suffered greatly,
Though the world changes slowly, eventually,
Learning to tend to the open wounds
Like one mends tattered clothes,
Learning to move on;
The world goes about its way
Learning and unlearning sorrow
And getting familiar with new joys;
But because I know no other way,
I pretend to love you a little less than I really do
Every passing day,
And when we meet I wave at you
And smile as friends are supposed to do.