what love is like

Love is like a lamb, and love is like a lion;

Fly from love, he fights, fight, then does he fly on;

Love is all in fire, and yet is ever freezing;

Love is much in winning, yet is more in leezing;

Love is ever sick, and yet is never dying;

Love is ever true, and yet is ever lying;

Love does dote in liking, and is mad in loathing;

Love indeed is anything, yet indeed is nothing.

Thomas Middleton

taken from Penguin’s Poems for Love, selected by Laura Barber