Slam Poetry: How Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog

You might be surprised by the similarities, but not in the way you might expect.

When I first read the headline for this YouTube video by Taylor Mali, the voices of all of the cynical marriage memes from the dark corners of the internet leapt into my head in a sarcastic voice. (“You will be on a leash forever!” and “You’ll never be able to go out with your friends by yourself ever again!”) But those voices — at least in good, healthy marriages — are not true.

So I hit play. I was pleasantly surprised and moved by the video.

Just an example of the powerful parallels that are delivered humorously and tenderly by Mali:

On cold winter nights, love is warm.
It lies between you and lives and breathes
and makes funny noises.

Here is the full text of the poem if you prefer to read it.

What is your favorite analogy to use for love?

[Via: SpeakEasyNYC on YouTube]


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About Deanna Ogle

Deanna Ogle hails from the greater Detroit area and her work has appeared in The Good Men Project, The Printed Blog, and Provoketive Magazine. She is studying journalism and religious studies, and writes at her personal blog Soul like a Spider. Loves: carnations, iced espresso, and watching movies with her husband. Find her at Twitter, Google and Facebook.

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