Marriage

What has become of romance

Does commitment mean anything

Nowadays?

Courtship must alter its course

Opposing the wind for too long

Love has been falling

Finally, love stretches its arms

Shifting carefully to the upright

Position

No longer horizontal

Ready for action

Walking down the street I wave hello

To a bicycled white man who looks

Like someone I know but he is not

These men all have similar uniforms

But I love them

Hello I wave at the black men

Treading the concrete alongside me

They are my neighbors I want to know

love them despite my country

Insisting I shouldn’t

I ignore the flashing screen’s instruction
 

And submerge in the external nervous system
 

Admire the homosexuals
 

Who are teaching this lesson

 

Admire the mothers
 

Who choose poverty in order
 

For their children to grow up without pasts

 

Admire the women
 

But not in a fashion resembling assault

 

Admire the blathering demented
 

Zig-zagging the roadways

 

Admire the workers
 

Steeped in profanity

 

Admire the gangs
 

and your fear they feed from

 

Love no longer sleeps
 

In bedtime stories

Of chivalry and sacrifice

We must bow to our neighbors 

Embrace every being

Extend their limbs to ours
 

The world is to be wed

To an evil Ebenezer

We must rescue it
 

For all to share

The old love too selfish

Only functions behind closed doors
 

Sleeping love becomes fluid

Waking love is fluid
 

Matter that can take any form

We can breathe it together 

Creating more with each exhalation 

Admire the angry

 

Admire the tearful
 

Admire your arguing neighbors

Who forget they do not live in a cave 

Everyone in love with everyone!
 

The weird, the dirty, the preppy, the rebel, the LOUD,

the soft, the CEO
 

Please love the CEO and take from him every

thing he owns

 

If we continue assigning union
 

Of pairs in preference to all
 

We are duped
 

Into Earth ablaze that eats our skins
 

Each apathy feeding air to each flame

 

Love must stop falling
 

Love must stand up
 

Everyone, please,
 

Marry me
 

-Nathan Fredrick, from Parallelograms, V.A.P. 2014