No Returns

If you should want it,
I will have you back
with my whole heart.
from “I Will Have You Back” by Wong Phui Nam

I suppose that once a heart is given it cannot be taken back
almost like a return policy in some store where you never shop.
You were careless with the gift receipt and did not read the terms
and here you are, arguing with the clerk,
a teenager who is chewing on gum,
the sound of which makes you want to scream.

But you don’t.

You know how this goes because it is how it has always gone.
You turn around, walk out the door
and think about who else you could give this heart to
think about if anyone would even want it.

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