Love came over me as suddenly
as the rashes that signal measles.
I had all the classic symptoms:
the palpitations, the feverish flush
the dilated pupil response...
The doctor took one look
at my endorphin- induced daze
and diagnosed it as --
terminal lovesickness.

Unfortunate that you: the vector of this contagion
is as immune to it as a mosquito to malaria;
Though you indifference affect tear ducts
on the same level as freshly sliced onions,
The contempt in your eyes, overripe
bananas fermenting in my gut;
Avoiding me like the chickenpox is futile --
I'm stuck on you like tartar


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