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Love Song

I do not love you like the ocean,

I’m much too scared of drowning.

Instead I love you like a battered paperback,

small enough to pocket

on walks from dorm rooms to lecture halls.

I love like the blanket my housemate bought me,

too pink to be polite

but a soft cucoon against my skin

warm on cold winter nights.

I love you like anything that can be forgotten

tucked away or to one side,

but hangs around in the quiet moments

still very much alive.

I do not love you like life itself,

but I love you a little like breath.

In the same way that I do not think about it,

in the same way that to not would be nonsense

in the same way that I don’t know how to stop

without the pressure in my chest building

to a point where I think I might shatter me pieces.

I suppose I love you a little like breathing.

I do not love you like the ocean though.

With you I have never been afraid of drowning.

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Carol Forrester is a writer trying to be a better one. She’s currently working on a poetry collection 'It's All In The Blood'. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon. More recently her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.

21 Comments

    • It was a wonderful prompt and I loved the examples. Writing my own piece turned out to be trickier thought and I ended up trying to pull out some really concrete imagery as I felt like a few of my past attempts were getting lost in trying to be too poetic

  1. I love the contrasts in your poem. This line is wonderful…
    I do not love you like life itself,
    but I love you a little like breath.
    Dwight

  2. The first five lines could stand on their own as a pocket love poem, Carol – I love them! The whole poem is so gentle and intimate poem, and it speaks from the heart. I also love the final line. 🙂

  3. A fresh love poem, Carol. I especially like these lines:

    In the same way that I do not think about it,

    in the same way that to not would be nonsense

    in the same way that I don’t know how to stop

  4. this is absolutely breathtaking, I love that you managed to make me understand true love even though I’ve never actually been in love! Your writing is honestly wonderful, keep it up! 🙂

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