Two candidates for romantic consideration

Lover #1 aptly points out

You’ve known me for years

Most times, I was sober

We struggled together and survived

Finally, you know what I’ll do if you leave

Lover #2 gently proclaims

I’ve seen you baptize yourself in wretched tears

My heart beats only for you

I’ll give you the life you truly deserve

Unlike this loser, I’m a self-made man

Don’t need salvation, but I will happily save you

I was not born to be happy, she says

A loving, worry-free life could never fit me

If my lover doesn’t need me to save him

What good can I possibly be?

I prefer the demon I know, to the angel I don’t

Truthful tears predictably arrive