Mr. Nice Guy.
Love is easy. Relationships are hard. One you fall in and out of. The other requires constant work and maintenance from both. Unfortunately, many people want some mass-produced token of either that they can keep in their pocket to look at only when the mood strikes them.
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I could be a reasonable facsimile
of the man of your dreams,
a velveteen Elvis impersonator
hanging on the wood panel wall
above your electric fireplace,
if you would be my Malibu Stacy
waiting for me beneath the plastic tree
on Second Christmas Morning.
— Mr. Nice Guy. Steve Arviso. 2018.