Is This Love

from by Maddie Swinger

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you whir like an engine starting
and i take pride in your pleasure
i am pressed against you like a shield
a good, solid feeling i can pine for

and if love is holding a torch in one hand
and a leash in the other
and if love is only supply and demand
can i call you my lover?

when you are away i stretch myself thin
every vertebrae in my spine
i like to think you do the same
when i am out of sight

and what is love and what is lust
(one a blessing and one a sin)
and how can i tell the difference
how can i know which of them i am in?

(i took a walk and the air smelled like camp
like wet grass freshly mowed
i saw a place that vaguely looked
like a place you frequently are
and in under 2 seconds my heart grew heavy
and that's how i know we can't be friends
and i thought myself blue till i got back home...)

and if you must hold my heart in your hands,
in the sphere of your fist,
hold it like the newborn dove that it is
keep it blindly in bliss


from Sobriety Girlfriend, released February 20, 2016



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Just a girl and her piano doin' the things that girls and pianos do.

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