“Love in the Twenty-First” by Ayesha F. Hamid

If someone isn’t wealthy, find someone with
funds, silver, diamonds, gold, enough to
see you through. If he’s not cold enough, with no
head to fend off the brutality of life, then find
a man who feels less, one not cornered by compunction,
who does what he must, giving out pink slips
left and right. When she’s not young enough
cut your ties, give a divorce, leave
your first wife. Not thin enough, then find
someone smaller who turns other men’s heads,
helps you fit in. Love’s never set in stone,
so go through as many as you need till you find
the one. Till you find true love in the twenty-first.

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