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an anthology of childhood loves.when i was three, i dressed up as cinderella.
it was a warm october night in the hills of south carolina,
where scorpions basked in the garden and daddy once killed a rattlesnake in the kitchen.
i remember momma tying a bow on my dress and taking sixteen pictures.
i was a gap toothed little blond with a plastic tiara and dreams in my eyes.
i made my friend mark be my prince charming.
i remember looking over, suddenly shy, and wondering if we would get married one day.
when i was five, we moved away.
that was my first little taste of heartbreak.
it didn't last long, though.
my next memory is standing on my new driveway,
peering past the moving van to a girl with curly gold hair and hazel eyes.
when the moving van pulled away, she ran across the street and shook hands with me.
she told me her name was bella.
i told her i had a dog, and she told me she had an american girl doll.
we were two happy little blond girls and people thought we were sisters when we went to the pool.
i started kin
help.i am a dysphoric mess of
dry eyes and clenched fists and lots
of nights beating the hell out of walls and
the punching bag in the basement and scabby
knuckles and aching muscles and oh god i really
just really wanna get straight to sleep this time because what
the hell am i am i a girl am i a guy and now my knuckles are bleeding
and i miss you and a week isn't long to wait really but for me it is eternity because i
am a fucking mess and i wanna go home and sleep but sweetheart you're already at
home my mother says and i shake my head and say that's not what i mean, mother
so i never went back.i
lately, the curve of your shoulderblades
has been tattooed on the insides of my eyelids,
and the weight of your heart has settled alongside mine
in my chest, like it's found a home.
your eyes would fly if they could,
just grey enough to make you think pigeon
and just blue enough to make you think bluebird.
if my feet were lighter and i weren't weighed down by the chains
of sorrow and tiredness and scars,
i would follow you into the sky.
i made you a dreamcatcher with bluejay feathers on it.
a gold (not really, but it looks pretty) key charm hangs from it,
flanked by beads and feathers and fluttering ribbons.
its intricate design reminds me of you,
and now- funny thing-
i can't bear to let it go,
because i feel that to give it to you
would be to lose a piece of you.
in the four a.m. darkness,
i think i hear you whispering to me,
but that's impossible.
we are separated by miles and miles
and by people that will never understand us.
sort of like a modern-day r
hero.she never saw it coming at all.
well, maybe she did, she was the one that held the knife but
she never thought it would really happen.
she was the kind of girl that drank the stars with her eyes,
flying away on wings of paper and dreams,
and during the day held her screams in behind carmine lips,
keeping her nails wrapped in band-aids so she couldn't hurt herself.
it's all right it's all right it's all right it's all right all right all right
because nobody can have it all
and sometimes the only time she thought she could smile
was with the help of a knife.
all she wanted was to be happy but somehow
her psyche always worked against her.
open wide here comes original sin
she's the hero of the story doesn't need to be saved
theh ero of the story
her oof thes tory
it's all right its allright its al right its alright right its alright it salrigh
and the only way she felt she could save herself
was by giving up
lace.i have seventeen dreamcatchers hanging in my room.
i suppose it's overkill;
i'm never going to achieve my dreams anyway.
but i keep making them.
looping the yarn tightly around the small hoop, tying it off,
then taking the needle and thread
(black for despair, white for hope;
my room has shadows and black lace cast over it now)
stitch stitch stitch with looping swirls
like i'm sewing the pieces of my mind back together.
i tie off the last loop when the lacy stitches
have knitted closer together than often-broken bones
in a hospital bed.
i hang the latest dream above my bed.
when i wake up, bolting up from a nightmare with monsters on my tail,
i hit my head on it.
and frozen waterfalls.late last night, i tried to talk you down off of
that high built from nicotine and caffeine and hollows under your eyes,
that sense that something is wrong.
i told you about skies we can swim in
and the lakes that will let us fly.
i waxed poetic about neighborhood parks and the tigers at the zoo.
how in the spring, we can go to both
and be that couple everyone is jealous of.
it worked. i think.
just in case it didnt,
i told you that i love you and i wouldn't be able to survive without you
and that you have saved my life more times than you know.
i told you the real reason i keep my nails bitten down
and have never worn shorts around you
and never take off my thick bracelets.
i talked about my anxiety and depression and the monsters that claw inside my stomach
just like the ones you have.
i told you about the razors in the bathroom
and the fifteen woodworking blades in the basement workshop.
i bared my soul to you, love,
and you told me you'll stop smoking, start eating,
and keep loving
act 1: the boulevard, or, herJessie had eyes that sometimes thought they were green and sometimes thought they were brown. That night, they were in one of their depressed moods and had decided to take on the semblance of minty chocolate to make themselves feel better. If they could eat themselves, they would have. Jessie herself, however, was just as intensely, determinedly happy as usual. She skipped on every second step and her smile crackled with energy; since i flatly refused to skip with her, she would skip ahead a few feet and then turn around, pale yellow-white hair flying in the half-light from the streetlamps and storefronts, and wait for me to catch up. Our parents thought we were at a mutual friend's house, sleeping over. We'd decided to skip it. We were eighteen, after all, and it was the summer after high school, that last possible summer where you can really be a kid before having to decide what you want to do and who you want to be. College applications had been sent out, but with one girl that want
prisoner 2873.she grabbed my hands
and wrapped them around her waist,
making me slow-dance with her
right there on the boulevard
in the pouring rain.
it's on her bucket list,
to be a scene in a movie.
this is the opening credit.
baby, she said, let me tell you something.
i've got a fist full of dreams and a guitar pick in my pocket
and a head full of you.
that don't sound much like living to me, baby.
run away with me
and let's make a life.
she blinked raindrops off her eyelashes
and looked at me with melting brown eyes.
baby, she said, come with me?
how could i say no?
she squealed and kissed me in the pool of golden light
under the lamppost on the boulevard.
we were two silly girls twined around each other and drunk on love.
we'd make a perfect movie, i think,
she told me. and i guess we would.
hollywood would love this story.
six months living on the road,
just two kids living the rebel dream.
we drove across the country,
jessie headbanging to the soundtrack of the 80's
and rocking the
A message to the brokenYou drown yourself
in liquid sorrows,
letting the salty mess
burn your wounds,
and the sadness
to drip in your mouth,
consuming your words
and you say
you deserve the pain,
but I want to dry your face,
and whisper in your ear
how the clouds cry too,
while they hold such beauty,
and so do you.
Pretty metaphors are for pretty girlsI told you to stop
spewing pretty metaphors at me,
for with each elaborate comparison,
I feel a bit more
detached from this world
And maybe I don’t feel so strong at the moment,
but would you be
if you felt like the entire universe
was resting upon your shoulders,
and someone was just there saying:
But you’re stronger than the powerful beats
of a butterfly’s wings
And maybe I do need more confidence,
but would you exuberate it
when the part you hated most about yourself
were the freckles that have speckled your face for years,
and someone was just there muttering:
They’re not flaws,
but rather stars that form constellations
Yes, I can’t help but hate
all those unrealistic metaphors
you choose to pelt at me when I’m low,
yet the irony is,
I know that those beautiful words
are realistic in your eyes,
So I can’t hate you.
dark circlesi haven't slept well in 14 days
my eyes droop pretty colors
'50 shades of purple and grey,
they're bags and they're designer'
making jokes is how i cope
with chapped lips and constant chap-stick
it tastes like honey and mint
i laugh and say i'm addicted.
hooded lids and sleepy smiles
during lunch at subway
my friends ask if I'm okay
I say that I'm just tired.
but really when I see him with her
my heart sinks to the tiles
she's pretty and witty and sure as hell she can sing
and i'm just a loud bone-collector.
when I see her with him,
dancing and laughing and grinning,
the ring on her finger
laughs at my singularity.
for as much as i lie and as much as i try
my loneliness still creeps in,
because no matter how much they protest,
i'm still the lowly fifth-wheel.
walking behind them on sidewalks
that are wide, but built for four
smiles and laughs when they look back
but the frown creeps evermore.
pelvis peaks through paper-thin skin
and knuckles white and pale
my ribs are empty, my bo
Clear WristA clear wrist, barren of scars,
as opposed to skin sauntered in marks,
tells a trickier story than it's soiled and raw,
uncaring, unkempt counter part.
Bravery, I think it holds,
the strength to bare unimaginable loads
of pain and suffering through endless times,
and withstanding the agony of sleepless nights.
Some think it is fear, the reluctance to cut,
but I believe it opposite, it show courage and guts.
To bear your pain without a nick on your wrist,
is like a solider braving his terrain while being torn limb from limb.
Agonizing as it is, to hide your pain,
you do it so well, and no attention you'll gain.
At the end of the day, it's not cry for attention,
rather a cry for the victory that's silently mentioned.
Your scars are those not self inflicted,
and despite the gnawing intention,
to harm yourself and ease your pain,
the scars you earn are rightfully gained.
In a room of those who have jumped the gun,
and left traces of blood deep in their arms,
do not be tempted to do the sam
specter boys have always looked best sinkinghe says,
i want to count all 206 &
feel the notches of your ribs -
i want you, weary boy, to
phase yourself down while
you are burning inside out.
i will seethe inside your skull
like thoughts, like cigarette filters;
you will thank me as i molder in your marrow.
Moira (Excelsior)Moira (Excelsior)
hands clap over my eyes
like a chain clasp
linking lace around my neck.
and our clutch.
splitting into a wide upward curve,
canines and incisors cut through screens.
time rotates in a downward degree
360 degrees infinitely,
but the days are confined to finite.
and if i could, i'd connect the 12 lines
and walk along them endlessly.
i'd lose the ability to dream
and i'd never have to mingle
with the cousin of death.
living forever as a verb,
until time laps around the track
about 10 million times before
it has lost its legs.
i don't wanna sleep,
i want to dream
in an empirical reality.
hold the old time in my hand
and let the prospect bleed
into the prophecy.
These Faded KeysOf all the keys I click
As we speak each day,
It's the back arrow
That's faded most
These white letters
Would surely tell you,
I reply to everything -
But the key reading "enter"
Will be the one to explain
Why it still looks new
I want you to know
Just how much I care,
But I don't want to be close
Out of the fear of losing you
But please remember:
I dedicate these words to you,
Sharing them to the world
Rather than clicking away
At the faded key ~
Tonight, I finished a roll of toilet paper
that I had started
a month, 8 days,
two hours, and 21 minutes ago.
Its genesis, June 11th,
one of the worst nights of my life,
I took a roll from my small bathroom,
and silently tucked it under my arm.
I couldn't let my girls know.
They couldn't know
I was going to use this as my broom.
They couldn't know
that I swept my shattered heart
under my bed.
And I wept.
My pillow taking my abuse,
my suffocation and my attacks.
My fingers squeezing it for dear life
and my knuckles as I punched it,
imagining it was her.
Then hugging it.
I only cried that hard
when I was about 6.
She was gone.
And so was I.
I cried every night
which would've marked
our 7-month anniversary.
And in the late days of that month,
I lied to myself.
And for that,
I regret every moment.
I wasn't ready.
At least I stopped it,
before we drowned each other
like the last woman.
Two weeks lat
flittermice on a racetrack.have i ever told you that you make me smile?
high praise, i know, coming from me,
it's high praise indeed because i have a jumbled
up head and you make me smile and i
maybe even found someone who will stay this
time and maybe i even found someone who
will love me as much as i love them (it
slipped out that night you almost gave
up, almost threw in the towel, almost took the
pills you've been saving) and i know
i wouldn't be able to live without you and
i know i may have to and darling, it
scares me it fucking scares me.
just listen to that... my heart is racing like millions of
butterflies are trapped and running around a ferris wheel
screaming let me out let me
out because my head is jumbled up and i need
you near me and your arms around me and my hands in
your hair and darling your new haircut looks
fine and do you really think i would
leave you over something so silly as
botched bangs and shorter hair?
because no matter how much you fluster
me oh god i dont know how
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