Ask Nothing of Love by Bob Langill

Ask not love to be faithful.

Love will betray you, some day.

And, you, also will betray love.

Ask not love to be wild and free.

Love will bind you into reluctant caring,

Not wishing to care,

Yet, not wanting coldly,

To stop, and again, be alone.

Ask not love to redeem you from loneliness.

You have built your walls,

and you must open out,

Perhaps to love.

Ask nothing of love

but to answer,

Only to answer

To love.