“Strongest of all these is love”,
a sentiment held by the young,
who have yet to meet the perfect storm
of failed expectations and jealousy;
and surprisingly the old,
who seek a dinner partner as they
candles slowly sputter out.
For those in between, burnt by proximity
to the nuclear blast
or frozen on a footpath through
an Arctic wasteland
realize a bitter truth:
Love is the strongest reason
for an early grave.
For those who endure,
we might get a dinner dateor two before the check is due.