What is Love?

What is love?
Nothing,
but a creative writing assignment.
We write odes and ballads
for those we pretend to love:
such long letters, big words
and promises infinite,
all but forgotten, and broken
after a momentary frenzy of
deep affection…

Love is but a whiff-
a whiff of expensive perfume:
meant to last for a moment,
bringing such fickle joy,
priced at a lifetime of longing,
and wanting and
deprivation…