The Beast Called Love

from by Holly Arrowsmith

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I was young, I heard about, a thing called love
So I sailed out, to see what the fuss was about!

Quickly did, the ocean turn, into a fearsome beast
Tossed me in his watery arms, onto a lonely shore
I'd fallen for his charm

So I cut out what remained
Of my heart and threw it to the sea
And I told that beast called love
‘Never return that heart to me’

The ocean took, my heart with glee
Tossed it from wave to wave, but I couldn't feel a thing
Just a hole where it had been
And now it didn't beat for anyone or anything

So there I lay, a hollow chest
Filled with pain, and salty bitterness
Then you came, upon the waves, walking
With a heart that beat only in your hands
Warm and red ‘That ain’t mine!’ I said

You see I cut out what remained
Of my heart, long long ago
And I threw it to the sea
And I told that beast called love
‘Never return that heart to me!’
(And you said)
‘Child you are right!
Oh, This ain’t yours It's mine
See, I fought that ugly sea
Now your heart beats in me
And love is not a beast’
(No you said)
‘Love is not a beast
Love is not a beast, It is an exchange, Oh!
Love is an exchange’
(You said)
‘Love is an exchange!’


from For The Weary Traveller, released July 31, 2015



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Holly Arrowsmith Auckland, New Zealand

Pure and unfettered but not lacking in power or force. Stories of crystalline prose, encased in lucid reverence of nature.

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