“Books Never Read” by Francesca Giustini

He has literary tattoos

of books he’s never read

He’ll never admit it

but I know the truth

His words are too polished

when he speaks of them

and His eyes lack

all traces of pure passion


I cannot comprehend

how he can commit

to a dozen inked lies

But not to the only one

willing to love him

Despite them

And I fear myself

for letting that love exist

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