Dear Fellow Homecoming Royalty

I love you
though you hate me
and that’s okay
You see, my feelings for you
aren’t romantic
Therefore they need no reciprocity
I don’t admire you
for your eyes, your lips
lovely though they are
unless you, your attributes
contribute in some way
to the crystals in your crown
the sash across your chest
I don’t care where you are now
unless it has to do with
the poised prince
whose timeless smile
I hold in my heart

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Jackie Chou is a poet and Jeopardy fan who has work forthcoming in Alien Buddha Zine and Highland Park Poetry.  Her work has also been published in Spillwords, Mollyhouse Lit, Altadena Poetry Review, Subterranean Blue Poetry, and Spectrum Publications.
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