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Love Is Only Tachycardia*

by Joanne Marisa Leow
Love is only tachycardia
hearts are overrated
As with the sensation of love
A momentary muscle elated
A transient, fleeting blush
of a foolish school-girl crush.

Inevitability, my treasure,
the whens and not the ifs
are the stunning true measure,
the breathtaking language
of brilliant, fiery fatalism
at its iridescent best.

*Tachycardia is an abnormally
rapid heart rate, from which the
poet suffered in her infancy.

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