It is not because
I imagine myself
in a suburban house
with 2.5 kids and a dog or cat

It is not because
I have been with the
same person for decades
and want to be able to
see her in the emergency room
if she gets ill

It is not because
I want my love
to be granted the same
legal legitimacy that
heterosexual couples receive

It is not because I want
any of those things
for myself

It is because
someday, I might

and it is because
today, and for ever,

there have been people
who did want that

and there are people
who do want that

And how could we
continue to deny them that?

So small a thing–
to love,
and not small
at all

And not small
at all.

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