Never trust a lover who .....
Never trust a lover who
in the throes of passion calls you 'Baby' or 'Babe' -
that generic name for a partner
whose body is generic too.
It simply means - in an unguarded moment -
your lover might call you something else
for someone else
which would not be cool.
In fairness, such caution could mark
a certain empathy for the other person's psyche.
But, more likely, the clever talker really hopes
for a repeat performance
which means you passed the exam.
This measured calculation cuts both ways.
Neither male nor female in whatever combination
is exempt from such perfidy
for the mere exchange of body fluids.
In casual sex - simple societal copulating -
surely the best policy is to get on with business
and leave phony endearments out altogether.
Don't be so gullible.
You are a fish hooked for carnal consumption.
But – big huge gigantic colossal BUT -
if you treasure someone dearly
speak your beloved's name often:
that single word will whisper
through head and heart forever
with your voice alone.
And age will not diminish its power.
Cynthia Buell Thomas, Oct., 2016