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Falling Through Eden
Robert Correy
The Frog
A Behaviorist to His Love
Sonnet on an Ice-Floe
How Khrushchev Stole ...
My Life in 3 Paragraphs
With Love to X

A Behaviorist to His Love

Love, let me summarize my love for you:
You are the S to all my fondest Rs.
I love the Gestalt of your face, and view
primary reinforcement in the stars
your eyes hold. That dependent variable, my heart,
I measure by the deprivation of your smile,
your intervening kindness praying the while.
My love was unconditioned from the start.

Extinction never shall my love attend:
My adoration is a positively-
accelerated asymptotic curve.
No millionth kiss will exhaust my response reserve.
So partially reinforce me not, but be
my need-reducing agent till time's end.

Alan C. Elms

Copyright (c) 1959 by Penn State Froth.
Reprinted by permission.

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