Just the ordinary story
of hands where they shouldn’t be
discovered and branded
despite pleas to the contrary

just the boy meeting girl
then the standard deviation
or girl meeting boy –
no headlines for human nature

but what of the gods
elevated to perfection
our picture-perfect couples
our favourite non-fiction?

what say they to each other
after lights-out, in pyjamas?
(love needs a watchdog;
and remorse, an ultimatum).