by Frank Mundo
Love’s Condition (2015)
Do us both a favor:
forget our old and tired traditions.
Please don’t love me
Expect more from me and of me
or don’t assume I’ll be kind
or always make the right decisions.
Please don’t ask for my permission
or put either of us in that position.
Love is editing and revision,
like a poem
a first edition.
It only holds value
In mint condition.
Forget those good book phrases
and the ideal good a good world praises.
make me earn it
because doubt is an unfit benefit to give
because you’re in the presence of a fool
without worlds of knowledge
without knowledge of the world.
Life is improvisation and imagination,
like a book
a signed, first edition.
Its only value
By Frank Mundo
Frank is a buddy of mine who lives in the ‘burb where I lived in California, just north of L.A. He has written poetry that is so beautiful. He has books out Touched by an Anglo, Different, and others. He is so generous that he mailed them all to me here in the UK. He has encouraged my writing, and listened to some of my audio on SoundCloud. He remarked that his poetry should be read with an English accent. I love him to bits.