I’ll coil up my emotions into fourteen tidy lines
Not howl them out, and I won’t make a fuss
I’ll bundle them up neatly, for it’s much more decorous
To stuff them in a sonnet when the sentiment aligns.
I understand it’s artificial, hope you won’t resent
That using these conventions is for me the simplest way
It’s not that I don’t feel it or I mean it just in play,
It’s just easier write in rhyme explaining what I meant.
If I want to say “I love you”, did you notice that’s subjunctive?
Not a messy declaration that imposes any need
Of response, reply, or interaction for a love to feed,
You can answer if you want to, but I wouldn’t be presumptive.
If it’s crammed into the couplet at the end, you’ll know it’s true
Three words explode through fourteen lines insisting I love you.
7th April 2018