"When someone asks you to kiss them,
ask them first if their kiss would make
your nights sleepless and scatter stars
upon your lips. Tell them to write you
poetry first and that you’d kiss them
given the condition that their poem
would touch the untouchable part
of the human soul. If they argue with you,
tell them: it’s either you take me
or you leave me. No in-betweens. And
when they finally shut their mouth, slowly
whisper this: You cannot go to the park
and throw your heart at random people
and expect them to throw theirs in return.
Then slowly walk backwards as you look
them in the eye. Search for the answer,
that more often than not is overshadowed
by the very questions you just threw at them.
Then turn your back,
and leave them. Chin
up, chest out."