Love

Only s/he can love
Who wants nothing for her/himself
Nothing by way of riches
By way of name
By way of power
And, yes,
Even by way of love
Etc.
Rest of us
Are condemned
To love only selectively
And sparingly
Depending on our comfort level.
As long as
You have something to protect
Something to defend
Something to end
The shadow of the Other
Will loom large.

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