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Gifts can NOT buy love...



Elvis Costello sang

“…all those things you bought for her

could not get a temperature!

Well of course not

gifts can NOT buy someone’s love

and ever if they could

it would be a cheap sort of thing.

Yet boys shaped by watching television reruns

of movies from the 30s and 40s

are sometimes lead to believe

that a sufficient number of romantic gestures

will win for us true love…

however, in reality

not so much.

In sixth grade

I had a crush on a beautiful girl

named Terry

for whom I created a piece of art

which I left in her desk

while everyone else was out at recess

for I left school early that day

to embark on a family trip.

My friends later told me

how when she discovered my gift

she threw a fit

tearing it up

and screaming

what does he think he can buy me?

And she was right,

and I was foolish.

Of course I couldn’t buy her love

despite the monochromatic promises

of screen writers long since dead.

For when boys are guided

by television and movies

great disappointments ensue.


Let us conclude

with a simple

call to action


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