grief > love

never fall in
love
with a westerner

they all have
generic English names
that will shadow forever
in the words around you

and haunt you
intermittently

in grocery stores
and while
crossing the road
the person you
met at
your friend’s party
the stranger who
returned your wallet
the child you’re caring for
the child’s mother’s aunt
the driver who smiled
at you
and the person you
love

and then
you will fall
for the wrong name
all over again

( and in-between
your grief will grow
bigger
than most loves you know)

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