Synonym (Draft 1)


Linguists should stand erect, and
learn to dance or something, if
they can’t find a synonym for love

Maybe someone should put
a noise maker in the brain, so
we can hear it throb in joy
and call it endorphove, but

we definitely don’t want
a stroke of genius
just a back stroke of compassion
laid back in satisfaction together

How do I blank thee
don’t make me count the ways

I want a new word for you
because I want to say
more than the L-word
when a fuse of fondness
ignites a fireworks that works
like magic incantations that pop

— Douglas Gilbert