Like livestock, we walk the steel maze
to our impersonal deaths, admit design
is a murderer; there is no exit that doesn’t
reduce us to beast, just our bodies’ meat
dragging us down. Afraid of your dwindle
toward dotage, I want longevity like
the Laysan albatross. Her courtship spans
nearly a decade before offspring, but still,
she takes care to nudge her mate off the nest,
still has the will to gently peck his bottom
like some kind of kiss, then spends three
seasons at sea to remember him better.
I am alleging I love you like this world
won’t parch, your face won’t ever blanch.