Acceptable Substitutes For “I Love You” by Amber Decker

It’s only maddening
if I let myself think
about how there will be
no more next times.
No more making out
under the glow of the porch light
like two lovesick teenagers
drunk on the idea
of maybe
this could be something
honest.
No more getting caught naked
in the rain, the door locked
behind us, and you with no keys,
jimmying a window
to crawl inside, and spending
an entire night
laughing
in front of the fire
like we are gods
and this is the
first true night
of the end
of the world.
No more 2am cigarettes
in the front seat
of your jeep, windows down,
humoring you
when you say things like
“For fuck’s sake,
I know you like
to live dangerously,
but will you please
put on your goddamn seatbelt?
You know what a shitty driver
I am when I’m sober.”

Amber Decker is a thirty-something poet and musician from West Virginia.  She is a lover of comic books, horror culture, good wine, tattoos, and rock and roll. Her latest collection of poems, The Girl Who Left You, is available from California's notorious Six Ft. Swells Press.

Amber Decker is a thirty-something poet and musician from West Virginia. She is a lover of comic books, horror culture, good wine, tattoos, and rock and roll. Her latest collection of poems, The Girl Who Left You, is available from California’s notorious Six Ft. Swells Press.

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