Love is not a profession
genteel or otherwise

sex is not dentistry
the slick filling of aches and cavities

you are not my doctor
you are not my cure,

nobody has that
power, you are merely a fellow/traveller

Give up this medical concern,
buttoned, attentive,

permit yourself anger
and permit me mine

which needs neither
your approval nor your suprise

which does not need to be made legal
which is not against a disease

but against you,
which does not need to be understood

or washed or cauterized,
which needs instead

to be said and said.
Permit me the present tense.

by Margaret Atwood

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The LAST PART: I cannot define this as a soliloquy, but I must keep indeed the present tense and permit me, please, this last part. Thank you so much for your most valuable advice and my favorit theme: Love. Absolutely, Love is not a profession, genteel or otherwise. Thank you for these valuable words, which I regard as a most important advice. This present tensed poem makes my day, dear poetess Margaret.
THIRD PART: Indeed, dear poetess, it IS and needs to be said and said, permit me to cite your valuable last two lines here, thank you so much. My sincerest thanks for this most thought provoking dialogue. The very best wishes from Sylvia Frances Chan from the Netherlands.
SECOND PART: This is truly a thought provoking poem, magnificently rendered. I have read and reread, the precious words are still lingering in my mind and I am amazed about the powerful words well thought, created and used here. A most deserving choice. Thank you so much for sharing this intriguing poem. God's Blessings in Abundance be upon thee. Amen. A 10+++++++ for the voting and rating according to the poem site here.
FIRST PART: First of all Congratulations upon being chosen as Modern Poem Of The Day, Hurray! It's oft a greatest surprise from my side which poem will be chosen and who the poet/poetess will be. Earlier in time, you had been chosen too by Poem hunter's Organisation, I still remember. Please read the SECOND PART, thank you.
Amazing and thought provoking words. May I come back and read more.
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