Jack, perhaps this rewrite of your original poem will be useful under the circumstances:

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“Recycled stuff can still be beautiful” —Jack Herlocker (Photo by Jakub Jacobsky on Unsplash)

Deb,

When I tell you
I love you
These are original words,
Because you’re an original;
Well, not the ‘I love you’ part
But the rest of what I’m saying:

Part of what I am now
Is because of you;
Part of you
Lives in me
The rest of the parts are from
Those who preceded you.

If you&I
Never see
or hear
or touch each other again,
I can still go back
To one of those other girls
And feel the joy of being.
Your friend.

Jk Mansi, Dennett, Annie Littlewolf, Rocket Worley, A Maguire, Stuart James

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