Some treat love as a geometrical maxim
that withholds acknowledgment
of its growth into a bloom,
Intact hair is frowned upon
as the husk untouched by a storm;
dry lips as a raw cherry,
which awaits carnal warmth.
Just as a hairstyle
would be encouraged to be copied
from a fashion book
and diversion would be antithetical
to a perfect look,
coquetry, a cart, follows as its application;
the kiss, a horse, as a compass.
(Published in Munyori Literary Journal, 2013)