“Love is Like a Gobstopper”

Steven Herrick

Love is like a gobstopper
it's true
you spend all your childhood
wanting that perfect round life-giving
never-ending ball of sweetness
you look through the shop window
your mouth waters
legs shake
eyes go in and out of focus
until that desired gobstopper is yours.
You hold it
cherish it
kiss it
dream about it
sleep with it under your pillow
wake up sticky
and hope you'll never be alone
but like all lovers
you want more
so one tempting night
you close your eyes
push it all the way into your mouth
and taste its wonder
then you swallow it
choke
and die!

Love is like a gobstopper.