“Finding 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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