When Love Arrives by Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye










[Sarah & Phil]
I knew exactly what love looked like...
In seventh grade

[Sarah]
Even though I hadn't met love yet
If love had wandered into my homeroom

I would have recognized him at first glance
Love wore a hemp necklace

[Phil]
I would have recognized her at first glance
Love wore a tight French braid

[Sarah]
Love played acoustic guitar
And knew all my favorite Beatles songs

[Phil]
Love wasn't afraid to ride the bus with me

[Sarah & Phil]
And I knew

[Sarah]
I just must be searching the wrong classroom

[Phil]
Just must be checking the wrong hallways
She was there, I was sure of it

[Sarah]
If only I could find him

[Sarah & Phil]
But when love finally showed up

[Phil]
She had a bowl cut

[Sarah]
He wore the same clothes every day for a week

[Phil]
Love hated the bus

[Sarah]
Love didn't know anything about the Beatles

[Sarah & Phil]
Instead

[Phil]
Every time I tried to kiss love

[Sarah & Phil]
Our teeth got in the way

[Sarah]
Love became the reason I lied to my parents

[Phil]
"I'm going to... Ben's house"

[Sarah]
Love had terrible rhythm on the dance floor
But made sure we never missed a slow song

[Phil]
Love waited by the phone because she knew if her father picked up it would be

[Sarah (Phil)]
"Hello ?" (*Heavy breathing*)
"Hello ?" (*Heavy breathing*)
"I guess they hung up"

[Phil]
And love grew

[Sarah]
Stretched like a trampoline

[Phil]
Love changed

[Sarah]
Love disappeared... slowly
Like baby teeth, losing parts of me I thought I needed

[Phil]
Love vanished like an amateur magician
Everyone could see the trapdoor but me

[Sarah]
Like a flat tire
There were other places I had planned on going

[Sarah & Phil]
But my plans didn't matter

[Sarah]
Love stayed away for years
And when love finally reappeared, I barely recognized him

[Phil]
Love smelled different now, had darker eyes

[Sarah]
A broader back
Love came with freckles I didn't recognize

[Phil]
New birthmarks, a softer voice

[Sarah]
Now there were new sleeping patterns

[Phil]
New favorite books

[Sarah]
Love had songs that reminded him of someone else

[Phil]
Songs love didn't like to listen to

[Sarah & Phil]
So did I...

[Phil]
But we found a park bench that fit us perfectly

[Sarah]
We found jokes that make us laugh

[Phil]
And now love makes me fresh homemade chocolate chip cookies

[Sarah]
But love will probably finish most of them for a midnight snack

[Phil]
Loves looks great in lingerie but still likes to wear her retainer

[Sarah]
Love is a terrible driver, but a great navigator

[Phil]
Love knows where she's going
It just might take her two hours longer than she planned

[Sarah]
Love is messier now

[Phil]
Not as simple

[Sarah]
Love uses the word "boobs" in front of my parents

[Phil]
Love chews two loud

[Sarah]
Love leaves the cap off the toothpaste

[Phil]
Love uses smiley faces in her text messages

[Sarah]
And turns out

[Sarah & Phil]
Love shits!

[Sarah]
But love also cries
And love will tell you, "You are beautiful"

[Phil]
And mean it

[Sarah (Phil)]
Over and over again ("You are beautiful")
When you first wake up- ("You are beautiful")
When you've just been crying- ("You are beautiful")
When you don't wanna hear it- ("You are beautiful")
When you don't believe it- ("You are beautiful")
When nobody else will tell you, ("You are beautiful")
Love still thinks... ("...")

[Sarah]
You are beautiful

[Phil]
But love is not perfect and will sometimes forget

[Sarah]
When you need to hear it most

[Sarah & Phil]
You are beautiful

[Sarah]
Do not forget this

[Phil]
Love is not who you were expecting
Love is not what you can predict

[Sarah]
Maybe love is in New York City already asleep
You are in California, Australia, wide awake
Maybe love is always in the wrong timezone

[Phil]
Maybe love is not ready for you
Maybe you are not ready for love

[Sarah]
Maybe love just isn't the marrying type

[Phil]
Maybe the next time you see love is twenty years after the divorce
Love looks older now, but just as beautiful as you remember

[Sarah]
Maybe love is only there for a month

[Phil]
Maybe love is there for every firework, every birthday party, every hospital visit

[Sarah]
Maybe love stays

[Phil]
Maybe love can't

[Sarah & Phil]
Maybe love shouldn't...

[Phil]
Love arrives exactly when love is supposed to
And love leaves exactly when love must

[Sarah]
When love arrives say,

[Sarah & Phil]
"Welcome, make yourself comfortable"

[Phil]
If love leaves, ask her to leave the door open behind her

[Sarah]
Turn off the music, listen to the quiet

[Phil]
Whisper,

[Sarah & Phil]
"Thank you for stopping by"


Fairlane Raymundo

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