This Could Be Love Or Loneliness

Her cheeks are rosy
(Perhaps an allergic reaction
To her foundation makeup).
Or is it her blush?

My format of flirting
Is undetectable to 85%
Of its targeted audience.

I’m waiting for the public
Library to carry another copy
Of The Book Of Love.

The edition in circulation
Has been on loan for the past
Thirty years. Give my position
On the waiting list, I won’t
Borrow it until I’m 65.

Which is fair enough.
I’d be a senior citizen by then,
A card-carrying AARP member,
And in dire need of affection.

Copyright 2013
A. J. Hayes
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