One definition of love
is the grocery list, its
shorthand reckoning

of common needs, peculiar
tastes and settled arguments,
scratches of Morse code

for rescue and surrender.
Our whim, the size of our waists,
health for wayward hearts,

tallied on the abacus
of household virtue and vice,
scrawled in chewed pencil.

Add your endearments
to cereal, cantaloupe,
and "Single malt Scotch."