Wallace Dean LaBenne

When You Say I Love You

Professor, therapist, author and poet.






When you say I Love You what does it really mean?
Is it deeply heartfelt
or mindless routine?

When you say I Love You what does it stipulate?
Is it sturdy promise
or mere carnal bait?

When you say I Love You what does it represent?
Is it empty babble
or informed consent?

When you say I Love You what does it symbolize?
Is it happy union
or mock compromise?

When you say I Love You what does it register?
Is it wobbly fledgling
or chiefly mature?

When you say I Love You what does it manifest?
Is it rightly complete
or return request?

When you say I Love You what does it signify?
Is it precisely true
or bad-mannered lie?

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