There is a kind of love that’s like a sliver
Beneath your fingernail—it bites and aches—
A love where every gift will wound the giver,
A love that will feel empty when it takes—
A love that makes you want to claw your chest
To tear your heart out—that makes you a hearse
At weddings, kick cute puppies, and infest
The world with what you suffer from: the curse
Of honesty. Because it’s true—love lies
When it says “Feel me and you’ll feel no pain.”
There’s always pain! It just comes in disguise,
Like a great bowl of sweets that hides ptomaine.
A love that happily wears Hate’s tattoo—
And that’s the kind of love I feel for you.
Copyright 2016 Matthew J Wells