and he will shout it from rooftops


it required no acrobatic maneuver,
no perfectly perfected prose,
or metered response

there was no need to hold back,
contrive, force, restrain, feign —
no contortionists need apply

she did not walk the tightrope,
the gangplank, on eggshells —
the way was clear and easy

and he offered no illusion,
sleight of hand, trickery —
what you see is what you get

step right up! don’t be shy!
don’t be jaded, cynical,
doubtful — skeptic!

he loves her,
he just loves her,
and he will shout it from rooftops

Words ©2014, Jen Payne
Image: vintage French poster for Cirque d’Hiver (winter circus), courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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