Young Girls Fall In Love With Those Good Gentle Boys

Young women
fall in love –
if you must fall in love –
with those good gentle boys
boys who have never been in a fight
boys who don’t know what it feels like to hit another man so
hard that you break the bones in his face
young women
don’t fall in love with those troubled boys
with those boys who have gone mad are mad and half insane
with those boys who scowl and refuse to smile
with those boys with darkened minds and a proclivity for long bouts of silence
fall in love –
if you must fall in love –
with those boys with bright eyes
and healthy smiles
with those boys with kind hearts and who
speak well and are spoken well of
ignore the others
those troubled boys who will grow up to be troubled men
they’re inhuman
cruel and ill tempered
they drink too much and fight too much and they love like they fight, violently,
with blood and fire and their love is a doomed kind of love
young women
you will only break yourself on those troubled boys
tears, like a two week storm, will fill your bed
they will infect you with their madness
they will turn you inside out
while a safe soft kind of love blooms in those good hearted kind natured well spoken well mannered boys
young women, if you should see a soul on fire let it burn let it flame like a sun like a dying star
and run the other way as far and as fast as you possibly can
young women take your love and spread it where it will be nourished and reciprocated
love –
if you must love –
those good gentle boys

– A. Ramirez


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