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Touch the hair above my eyes.
Don't just leave it there—brush it aside.
And stare directly into a mirror
or a store window, pretend that I don't.
Draw a line from my mouth to my neck
to imagine how fair and delicate
this flesh might actually seem
in contrast with something completely appalling.

Oh, and when you turn your face the other way
it changes how I think of you.
Almost from lavender to blue
or from beautiful to pure.

Standing in front of your house,
open my mouth, let some words come out.
The meaning, the meaning...
forgetting the meaning.
Because in this light and at this angle, at least,
you and everything around you
feels like rapture in heat.
So if my thoughts are pointless and empty
then let this feeling swallow me

(like when I saw you in a dreamer’s mirror
drawing the lines of beautiful shapes.)

Oh, and when you turned your face the other way
it changed how I loved you.
Almost from lavender to blue
or from beautiful to pure.


from The Cover of Hunter, released July 22, 2014


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Liam Betson is a North American songwriter.

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