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I love you too
An utterance I abhor
Words worthy of a plastic parrot
whose battery button's been pushed
Cursory command performance
bending in predictable bow
Insecurity sanctioned
So don't depreciate my declaration
with perfunctory follow-up
Give me naked silence
Not security blanket cover
An original response
Instead of automatic echo
Or just accept the gift
with gratitude
Because I love you
isn't a petition
pathetic in its plea 
And a peck-on-the- 
cheek phrase
is the kiss of death
A battery run down with
distorted foghorn drone
Deafening in final effect

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