Courtly Love

Nathaniel S Rounds' most recent poem to appear here was Vodka (March 2013). 

Courtly Love
By Nathaniel S Rounds

Chivalry isn't dead
It's just in remission
Like a cockroach sleeping
There beneath the stove
In Hell's Kitchen
And I will gladly open the door for you
While you speed through
Eyes closed to my empty gesture
I will carry your books home
Even though nobody reads books
These days and
I will gladly send a bottle of wine
To your table
Even though you hate wine
And this week only
I will offer you my protection
Even though you dwarf me
With those high stiletto heels
Because despite the common consensus
Chivalry isn't dead
It's just a coat we sometimes shed
To avoid the heat


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