The Hardcover on Your Nightstand

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A girl with curly brown hair smiles at the camera. She is standing in front of a stone wall.

Would you love me more if I was made of paper?
If my tempestuous curls came alive
with a dribble of obsidian ink
which you could adore
from the safety of your bed
without the fear of being stained?
Would you love me if my heartbeat
lay between your favorite lines?
If my pages were butterfly-thin
and smelled of magic
and blue moonlight instead of ash—
Would you love me?

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