• Tom Boyd

The Ballad of Love and Hate

Love writes a letter and sends it to Hate “My vacation’s ending, I’m coming home late The weather was fine and the ocean was great And I can’t wait to see you again”

Hate reads the letter and throws it away “No one here cares if you go or you stay I barely even noticed that you were away I’ll see you or I won’t, whatever”

Love sings a song as she sails through the sky The water looks bluer through her pretty eyes And everyone knows it whenever she flies And also when she comes down

Hate keeps his head up and walks through these streets Every stranger and drifter he greets And shakes hands with every loner he meets With a serious look on his face

Love arrives safely with suitcase in tow Carrying with her the good things we know A reason to live and a reason to grow To trust and to hold and to care

Hate sits alone on the hood of his car Without much regard to the moon or the stars Lazily killing the last of a jar Of the strongest stuff you can drink

Love takes a taxi, a young man drives As soon he sees her hope fills his eyes But tears follow after at the end of the ride Because he might never see her again

Patience, patience, patience

Hate gets home lucky to still be alive He screams over the sidewalk and into the drive The clock in the kitchen says 2:55 And the clock in the kitchen is slow

Love has been waiting patient and kind Just wanting a phone call or some kind of sign That the one that she cares for who’s out of his mind Will make it back safe to her arms

Hate stumbles forward and leans in the door Weary head hung down, eyes to the floor He says, “Love, I’m sorry, ” and she says, “What for? I’m yours and that’s it, whatever I should not have been gone for so long I’m yours and that’s it, forever Your mine and that’s it, forever”

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