Trouble Must Love Me

from by Eric Wallgren

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I've been fuming all this week
because my roommate's cat climbed on my bed and peed
he waited in the morning 'til I was at work
I swear I could have gone and squashed the little jerk
but when he brushes his ears up on my knee
and digs his head into my lap while I watch TV
it's like a lighter held up to my sugar heart
I try to hold my ground but I just fall apart

hearing little sparks that whisper roughly
drawn to something bleeding in my hands
flaming up the moment I go hungry
trouble must love me

it was quiet i was feeling calm
when a clump of bees flew right into my palm
and I felt every sting like searing drops of rain
I said to myself "this is necessary pain"
and like winds of greed they charge
all the money I saved up to live at large
so now I'm stung by crimes that will not go away
inside this building swarm is where I'm gonna stay

moving all the time to stay above me
sinking all my steps like in a dream
a quiet ghost forever in front of me
trouble must love me

requited by a fear that I am nothing
fast asleep and trampled on the stairs
it hugs me so tight my backbone is crumbling
trouble must love me


from The Flowing Burial Ground, released September 9, 2019


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