Poetry by Michaela A. Gabriel • Photo by Jill Burhans

a man's guide to winning a woman's heart


1
snoopy pyjamas do not detract from
sex appeal. it's not in lace-edged nighties,
see-through bras but in her eyes, a wayward
strand of hair. accept the invitation.

 
2
contrary to popular belief in locker rooms,
the taste of I love you on male palates will not
poison the speaker, corrode his reputation.


3
put piece after piece of chocolate on your
tongue. you must understand their texture
if you want to choose the perfect one for
each of her moods, mild to murderous.


4
do not watch a game on consecutive evenings
unless you want to risk cannonades of questions
beginning with why, ending in slammed doors.


5
support sulking. like poetry, it is one way
of artistic expression. the arc of pouty lips,
hunched shoulders, onomatopoeic non sequiturs
are well thought out, never coincidental.

 
6
tears don't demand emergency plans, sober
analyses. you can't prove your wisdom through
words that will merely drown in pools at her feet.

 
7
bring flowers, but never yellow roses.
her smile will freeze as the message sinks in -
petals spell out I love you less, bright and
without a doubt, hinting at infidelity.



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