return when we’re older
some forms of love and
Love comes in memories,
beyond reach after years.
A euphoria of sensory moments.
A skin whose texture we cannot recall,
the tingle of welcome touch
a taste of lips, caress of hair and
a tongue which could destroy us.
Arthritis, the joint freezing
prince of pain
like love whispers barely audible
then summarily deserts us.
After Council review
The Board has decided
love and arthritis are much the same,
and worst, both outlive our sex drive.