Songs With Love
by Catriona Roy
Headphones on. Let no sound
of reality slip past my defences.
I lived senseless, tuned into the
wrong station, missing the best
music. But that was then.
Now I choose it. Listen
was once a curse, now a chorus
with each verse singing ecstasy
and harmony bring fullness.
A solo headphone life surpasses
discordant duet; I’ll never take
cacophony for symphony to
please prejudice’s audience.
I pause my song of truth for no
mortal critic, nor surrender volume
of my uniquely divined lyric.
Cocooned for the evening, my old
playlist tells a tune that I’ve been
needing: true love may not be
just for lovers, because lovers
aren’t all you need – Love is.
Catriona Roy (she/her) is an aroace physics student at Edinburgh University. She writes science news articles and poems in her free time. Her loves include old books, taekwondo and The Beatles. She tweets @RoyCatriona and blogs at https://raincoatginger.wordpress.com.