love’s martyrs

He who loves is inspired from above
And fueled from below
Songs give voice to his heart
That basks in misery’s glow

And when love turns, it brings forth
Bitter lumps of righteousness
Sacrifices laid side by side
For all to bear witness

The beloved, loves constant
Though in a duller way
But bears the weight of holding a light
So the lover won’t despair

He binds the hearth with lies and guiles
So as not to give away
That though love falls short of his desires
Its light will not decay.

And thus love makes martyrs
Of lovers and beloved
And neither one can choose their lot
Nor when they’ve had enough


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