Pixels streaming like shooting stars
Artificial openings that are so disingenuous when I’ve seen the way your smile makes all light bulbs burst in jealousy from the light you radiate
“Just be yourself.”
The most honest advice to give.
The hardest advice to take.
“Do they even know me?”
The calm sometimes doesn’t come after the storm.
Sometimes it sits and waits.
Slowly curling around toes
Casually slithering up to your belly
Prancing up to your heart
Pridefully slinking to your throat
Tongue-tied as it swells like an angry ocean
And finally making rest in your cerebellum
Where it spreads out, limbs long, and smirking
This poison you willingly drink that is masked by sugar and ego
Let the glass engorged with the evil elixir that alerts you of your short comings shatter on the tile floor
Remove the blinking screen from your face that is slowly becoming a Shakespearean tragedy
Connect to eye contact that isn’t shielded by WiFi
Red beads wrapped around my lady legs
Red potato skins still crawling through Southern dregs
Red lipstick, too expensive for sad my two lips live
Red lights, stop signs. Oh how much I would give
To see you smile
And stay a while
Let's pretend we don't exist
Red burns from falling down
In those sweet eyes, I feel no lies
Take me, embrace me
Red, red, red
the first song lyrics I ever wrote with my ukulele
I get flashes of our first meeting
like airplanes you mistake for twinkling stars
covered in paint our glazed pupils locked
wooden steps that swayed like the curve of my back
your mouth halfway inside me at 6 am on a spring morning
or was it winter?
stumbling back into my arms in a place we call 'sanctuary'
And that's always it.
Why can I only look you dead in the eyes when they're crossing?
We could stopped the universe, because we do every time we kissed.
Like we can't stop sipping
Hangovers like ropes around my head
What's going to happen when we wake up?
When the dust clears?
Why are we still torturing each other through rye flavored teeth?
Relief is paradox and a vicious cycle
inspired by "Sober" by Lorde, and "Relief Next to Me" by Tegan and Sara. I will be using this piece in an upcoming performance.
Red beads wrapped around my lady legs
Red potato skins still crawling through Southern gravel
Red lipstick, too expensive for how too petty my two lips live
Read you to absolute filth when my mom asked who had wronged me recently and rang up your name like an unremembered child
Rooms full of furniture will still echo if you rage loud enough
when did your eyes turn from blue to grey?
what a beautiful grey
a cold grey
a wet October grey
an "I forgot my umbrella" grey
a "Should we stay home?" grey
a day consumed with nostalgic sadness grey
a familiar reminder of rejection grey
a hopeless new romance grey
as grey as the ash from your cigarettes
as grey as that woolen hat that I'd wear while I waited wondering when you'd wander home
as grey as my best shirt you stripped off of me on a grey night
i fell in love with a mixture of black, blue, and muddy pearl
it sparkled against me when the sky clouded up
and we kissed until our vision blurred
I don't remember how vivid colors were before you.
there will be an answer
we've walked too long
lost lashes and sore limbs
whisper to me
what's the code?
who do I need to know?
teal pool water
barely recognizing home
scents and sense off kilter
just play me a lullaby
i'll find some solace in that.
wrapped around each other closer than sheets to a bed
fuzz. eyelashes. teeth. soft skin.
you completely disarm me.
i will give you all my guns
just grab my limbs.
the way your legs get tangled in my anatomy like a sapling
that's eager to grow larger.
pelvic bones crashing together so perfectly clumsy.
you are my ocean. my beach. my sun, sky, and stars.
we sounded so much more beautiful last year
now we just sound like two animals
going at it
i've shut down
like a factory building typewriters or VCRs
you left a rotten tingling in my mouth
pepper-flavored rubbing alcohol
slap me like you check yourself out in the mirror
maybe that will set my brain back into motion
sparks and blue soda
i gave you too many chances to ruin my life
bald spots on my head
lungs black because you made me start smoking again
the back of your head is the only part that doesn't make me cry anymore
and yet it still does
build me up like legos and take me apart piece by piece
we had brooklyn and bagels and trains and hangovers and sheets
religious conversion was avoided
i just realized how unhappy i was with you
all of you
all of what you gave me
which was nothing
Give him his space
He doesn't like the attention
Even though that's how he pays his rent
He built an arena
Only lovers can fight.
I thought my armor was strong enough.
He lit that sword on fire and threw it to someone beneath him
As his eyes dilated from pleasure, watching me tear apart flesh in his honor.
In his name sake.
I threw off the prize and laughed.
He is not my king anymore now.
soft lips wide hips small **** big heart short hair long love and patience
explore your nostalgia
only stretching and cooing once 11 am has rolled through like the rolling in bed we did the night before when the moonlight was stabbing through the blinds and reflected on my pear-white skin
your eyelashes make me smile when i think about them
walking alone in the middle of the day when i get restless and i need to just go
escape the lonely, overly warm air in the four walls i inhabit
why do I sweat and shake so much?
As I bite into apple skin
a familiar voice glossed with golden tone
completed with dollar store sparkles
we spent weeks building wooden block pieces in the image of our love
or i thought
i was that L-word that I can barely articulate anymore without laughing because it's all just a beautiful, stupid joke
we spin webs
naked in your resting place as I curl around like an ******* tentacle
you kiss me there
my legs embrace your shoulders
and that's when our eyes meet
a night of squirming finally consummated
by one morning of quick glance of brown and blue
"oh god" rolls off your trained vocal chords as you roll like a wave on the shore.'
we've lost ourselves in these moments of pure passion.
I want all of you all the time
Can we just spin together until we fall?
He kissed me
Flashes of my past favorite things charmed those blue eyes
I still remember everything about us
Fresh fish on the grill
The first time you held my hand
We curled around each other's bodies like tentacles
We wanted every inch
Harmonium on inside humor
You found me and I followed
The ring bells
Terms of endearment changed so drastically
He held her so gently that I melted like butter
Like what you would cook and we sweated until we kissed
An entire day downstairs and an entire night upstairs
No wonder I got so dizzy.
Finding ourselves becoming one.
Sharing clothes and teeth marks and hearts.
We were happy.
The leaves changed.
So did we.
I over stayed my welcome.
Being swept out like the garbage below you.
The inches between us in your bed
Complete with "Nightmare Before Christmas" print
Grew larger and larger
The unfamiliar faces began becoming your new candy
Apparently I wasn't dark, or sweet enough for anymore.
On my knees
I never knew how terrible tears tasted
Begging you please
I fell down a flight of stairs
You came with me, but only to use it for malice
I never should've cared.
True love doesn't exist here.
Only long walks through the jungle
Giraffes walking around.
Long limbs. Long eyelashes. Long tongues.
That's the only freedom that exists.
Where did these feet come from?
Suddenly I can walk by myself again.
My hands and back tremble from the weight of the world.
Atlas has not helped.
Surrounded by the ghosts of my past, and present.
Keep this for the motto girls:
"No one can have me like I got me."
fleeing what I thought I was born to do
in a place I thought I was born to be in
credit card declined
but $1500 cash in my wallet
He gives me spending money as we ride down a chrome lift
We take care of each other.
Glowing charisma draws me into this black hole of self-loathing
I change my terminology in order not to bruise egos
the sensitivity of the soul
the tears ducts
the corners of the mouth
the shoulders tensing
I see it all.
I see words
I feel actions
My eyes are so swollen from flowers
We surf the stars
Curves together and sincere glances
Held together by skin
Carved in marble and slashed in cardboard
Breaking wood and cerebral intuition
I can ******* own mouth and I feel you
Fangs out and fists bared
Partners in crime for only moments
And say "Shoot muthafucka"
I'm the only one with the loaded gun.
this is inspired by Sad Girls "Norma and Jessica"
i always thought that i didn't need money to have fun
i was foolish once.
double penetrated with nostalgia and female empowerment.
Flaxen hair. Green eyes. The most familiar smile I've seen in forever.
I cry when she cries because we were born the same in different lands.
A South Philly Jordan Baker.
The tea is hot.
My inner serpent wants to crawl around your body
Your eyes rolling back into your cerebellum.
Making my neck and cheeks sparkle and tingle
I want your teeth next to mine.
"I'm not much of a drinker"
My teeth break as I lie through them.
I've known you since I set myself on fire and awakened from the ashes.
Yet I am putting you through the same routine that set me ablaze.
You ignited my soul with perfect hands and eyes and mouth
Overwhelming my senses with light public affection
And deep private care.
Why do I refuse to let myself be loved?
I'm elastic and loose like a worn bracelet.
Yet you make me turn to porcelain because I've never seen anyone with a smile like your's.
I get aroused and frightened by people that look like they were molded by the Gods.
Your smile might just give me an overdose.
"I feel like I'm on drugs when I'm with you."
Crack from your energy.
****** from your ****.
Ecstacy from your lips.
Xanax from your voice.
**** from the lilt of your conversation.
And a cigarette for your nerve.
I'm completely high when I'm around you.
Your hands around my face
Pulling me closer to your lips
Completely transfixed by your energy that exudes pure fame and love.
Where did I find someone as perfect as you?
Yet I reject you because we both know all the damage we'll do
to the psyches that are our mind's houses
You're going to put a hole through it.
But I don't mind.
I never told you how much I enjoy pain.
And I really ******* enjoy you.
"Let's get together and feel alright."
Why anticipate the future?
Day 51. I didn't check your facebook so I ate Ben & Jerry's to celebrate.
Day 52. I caved and checked your facebook but you've been only adding dudes.
Day 53. I went to our neighborhood bar and a regular said he thought you were *** and I laughed and was like "yaaaassss"
Day 54. There's a certain song that makes me think of you and I'm so mad at myself because its a good song but I can't listen to it without gettig teary because I miss your touch.
Day 55. I had false hope and I saw my replacement's bike out ya house
Dat 56: I bought a ten dollar pack of cigarettes and you came down to the bar and we both couldn't make eye contact because it hurt so bad to look at each other and be attached.
Day 57. I drank myself into nothing.
Day 58. I tried to figure out what I should do about my entire life but I just watched Parks and Reck all day.
Day 59. I broke a glass on purpose because I felt out of control and just wanted my boyfriend back.
Day 60. I never left my bed.
Day 61. I hadn't showered in days and only left my bed once for delivery.
Dat 62. I needed to quote my favorite B.E.E "I know longer know who I am, and feel like the ghost of a total stranger."
Lagavulin and Diet Coke.
I wish I had something to smoke.
Blue eyes and crooked teeth.
My eyes light up when I'm mad.
Even more when you call me bad
girl. She's become such a loner.
And stopped being a stoner.
Isolated in a tiny home.
Still feels like she's not grown.
I don't want to live but I don't want to be dead.
all at once
He degraded me, badgered me, and would never me kiss him good-night
One of us has to rise to the top.
Unless your only fantasy is in the forest.
That forest is now a development for condos.
Day 31. I promised myself I'd stop drinking, but my alcoholism has gotten worse.
Day 32. I was happy that you haven't added any women on facebook.
Day 33. My hands shook all day.
Day 34. You blocked my number.
Day 35. I lost myself in a man I didn't care about.
Day 36. I was so wasted.
Day 37. I had no choice to walk past your house.
Day 38. My cat made me think of you.
Day 39. I thought about stopping going to my neighborhood bar because I didn't want to see you anymore.
Day 40. I excessively brush my teeth.
Day 41. I fell in love with my home town.
Day 42. I depend on my sugar daddy.
Day 43. I started living in my roommate's bed.
Day 44. I still miss you so badly.
Day 45. I grabbed a Lil Kim record from my new guy's roommate.
Day 46. I put on so much make-up that I didn't recognize myself.
Day 47. I heard an inside joke we shared, and you weren't around and I cried.
Day 48. I stopped stalking your social media.
Day 49. I lost a friend.
Day 50. I think I'm going to be okay.
Day 1. I was in complete denial, but I thought about dying.
Day 2. I cleaned my room and it didn't make me feel any better.
Day 3. I cried so ******* the phone with my dad. And it was his birthday.
Day 4. I knew you replaced me.
Day 5. I started thinking about other people.
Day 6. I went out by myself for the first time in my entire life.
Day 7. You asked me out, and I was terrified you were going to leave me again.
Day 8. I heard a song that made me think of you.
Day 9. I saw you at our bar, and it ruined my night.
Day 10. I went home and snuggled with my mom, and she told me that I'm not allowed to say your name anymore.
Day 11. I stayed up for over 24 hours because I didn't want to see you in my dreams.
Day 12. I spent the night with a man who makes me feel like a queen.
Day 13. I watched a black and white movie and the main character looked like you and I didn't cry.
Day 14. I didn't check your facebook.
Day 15. A man gave me $300 just to spend the night with him after we drank scotch.
Day 16. My anger has turned to nothing. I feel nothing about you.
Day 17. I saw you on the street and slowed my stride so I wouldn't cross paths with you.
Day 18. I'm okay. And you're horrible. But I wish you the best.
Day 19. I hate you. What is Valentine's Day without you?
Day 20. I miss you. But I never want to be with you again.
Day 21. Who will I watch Game of Thrones with?
Day 22. The man I've been seeing is so much better at *** than you.
Day 23. I'm so bitter that you replaced me.
Day 24. I can't listen to Alt-J anymore because it makes me cry over you.
Day 25. I wish you would've just stayed and came to Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Day 26. You're welcome for buying you "Life is Strange".
Day 27. It makes me so sad that I won't be able to quote South Park with you anymore.
Day 28. I love you, but I hate you.
Day 29. I fed you popcorn when we saw Star Wars and it felt like we were back together.
Day 30. You've made me feel grief more than any family member has passed.
Where did you go?
I see the sun set.
I can actually see it go down.
The world gets darker.
So many bottles of champagne surround me.
I celebrate nothing.
I lose entire days.
But men that look apocalyptic fill me up
Until I put my ***** clothes back on
And trample back to my den.
Worn, apologetic, and wishing it would all pass.
Glittered nails and crooked teeth.
I think back on my past relationship and laugh.
Who was I?
Who was he?
I can't even remember anymore.
And that's a good thing.
I just want on vacation.
A long week in Florida.
I've said it about every ex
I'll say it again.
We're going to be okay.
It may take time.
But one day we will talk.
We will laugh.
And we will smile.
I wish you all the best.
And I know
You do too.
i only know you from photographs now
i torture myself by still following your life
i will not
there are so many new songs
so many new jokes
so many new places i've danced around
i am starting to love me more.
and i was told that you're jealous.
you pushed me away.
and i'm pushing up.
and that includes my *******.
you have no right to be mad.
so I hope you're happy.
**** my beautiful, magical *****.
you poor thing.
vengeance for an ex that killed me.
the faint metallic taste in the back of my throat woke me up
i'm frightened of my own blood
my face matches her's
my eyes match his
i'm so afraid
Always lazering in on body language
two and a half full years of casually impersonal hand touches
immaturity rises when i lose sight of the present and you ask stupid questions
let's just forget the past, present, and future
but please don't do
out of nowhere i see an icon i only thought existed in my prolonged dreams
go-go boots, striding down streets that are immortalized in 1980's plays
almost every song that comes on my hand-held robot croons like something from "**** Bill" - operatic, righteous, and honest
sights of beginnings and new beginnings on a small screen
the air between my mattress and the wall rumbles as we grow together again
tattoos from youth that are laughable
as messy as a room gets every month
succumbing and cleaning up a mid-life crisis
a broken wind-up soldier
folsom prison's bar ‘s open every time the sheets get too cold
two year expiration date
red wine at a dive bar
never completely remember anything except touch
whiskey clouded brains and side-ways smiles
serpent waiting to strike
retracting and falling backwards far
slithering in during the AM
charming underneath the stairs
unwanted terms of endearment
the tea kettle will always whistle when the water gets too hot
spells and red lights flicker at late hours on unseasonably warm nights
sweat and dragons both thrive from heat
smoke, from mouths and cigarettes
shakespearean scenes that melt to fingers grazing lips so effortlessly
this was all coming in due time after too many moments
spent on washing machines in an ancient haunt
falling into fictional identities when we come together
tears fell from poetic words spit so harshly on delicate air
a temporary home and an eternal momentary escape
the weekend of Nov. 1st
I hear this song and I think of you
How did everything go so rotten, so fast
It was me.
I can't think of anything poetic to say.
So I'll just say I'm sorry for being a bother.
i wait some more
why is my heart so full over vacancy?
i see your eyes, your lips, your teeth, and dimples.
you used to recognize the same in me.
where did you go?
when did you stop caring?
at what time did you start to see me in transparency?
blaming me for your strife, yet you're the one to throw toxic eyes
i'm starting to think this is all becoming a lesson i'm going to later look back on and go "Huh. I really grew from that misery."
i never wanted to equate you to agony but you've given me very little to grab on to without feeling like a guilty, "helpless" girl who "needs to be taken care of."
i inch near you
pale skin covered in goosebumps
and i'm shaking
almost 6 cycles of the moon
and you still make my knees quake
who are you?
release your fears
sometimes i feel like a serpent
charming your eyes with my curves
moving so slowly
until i strike
sometimes i'm frightened
like a lost fox cub in the forest
wandering around in agony
searching for my leader
but i'm told
i'm too old
to be relying on childish fantasies
sometimes it feels like it's not getting cold fast enough
other times i'm terrified of being shut in away from frigid air
i hope this year is different
with less days spent entirely in bed
forcing myself to sleep on mascara stained pillows
how belittling it was
wasting away on a beer stained matress
i'm completely transparent to my house mate
you tried not to look at me because he knows it will make him crumble
where did the time ago?
it feels like i've been stuck on a swing set for 365 days without stopping
I felt you in my bones
An instant of nostalgia and euphoria
I saw the Galaxy in your spine
The seasons are changing
Your cold gaze feels like autumn wind
Golden warmth of limbs draping
Smoke and tahini
We've lost ourselves
It's a good thing.
I like to think about you ironically now
how you wish your name would be whispered on a humid summer night
Your vocabulary no longer exists on my tongue
You've become so foreign that you feel like an out-dated movie
I keep my thoughts enclosed in my mahogany box brain and heart
I don't want to be alone but I can't be myself
My drink and a song are the only ones I can depend on
I'm doing my best
Two weeks flown by
Mind muffled and modified
Have I returned or missed my stop?
I take the shortest path imaginable to be among stars lining meticulously staked kiosks
beaming like the sun's gentle rays at dawn in autumn
mid-slumber, we float
skin colliding and causing ripples like pebbles in a stream
the noise he makes at 3 AM send a shock through my tattered and fragile skeleton
stopping short below my waist
where i start questioning my beauty because society hates an un-perfect anatomy
somehow that's your favorite place
early spring morning eyes that could sedate the wildest stallion
lips and teeth
for minutes we've sat in silence with our limbs tangled
I've been waiting so long
the separate paths we crossed are conjoined at fingertips and hips
walk with me until the sun is barely peaking out
we're spilling out like whiskey on a hardwood floor
how are we still so full?
i've been watching you sleep
when the manifestos and proclamations of week days have become too heavy
slithering through me
i dream so much more beautiful
a block and half away from my own haven
streaks of red lipstick on my right hand
lullabies of your sleep talk
Coming off the unbearably sweet high of our Nation's proud capital.
I salute you.
For bright mornings with fruit smoothies made so masterfully.
Afternoons of stasis.
Of quick showers and quick words on a condensed second floor.
Straight intelligence and legitimate knowledge.
Stories of brothers pranking in Palestine.
"Can I have some?" asked so coyly when candy is available for adults.
Thick ****** smoke burning my lungs and sapphire blues eyes.
Old nicknames. Flying off the tongue like song lyrics we all know.
Unfamiliar places, and familiar places.
Habibi. As-salamu alaykum. Words my cerebrum forgot but heart did not.
"Do you want coffee?" "Come here." "Kiss me."
Your smile. Your home. Your hands. Your eyes.
Nostalgia over taking our souls like baby pictures.
I wish it could've lasted forever.
But nothing does.
And that's good, right?
Too much of a good thing makes us greedy.
I disappeared last week
fell madly in love with Washington D.C.
Kissed my high school sweet thing and went to a Zoo with him
His eyes and fingertips penetrating my psyche
Fat and **** red eyes as I left my temporary Paradiso
It's good that love like that only exists in small doses.
I hope one day I can return to the land of Gods & Devils
where all I want is drink and a deep kiss
a line and an inhale
a now or a never
how do I wish you happiness and good luck?
I kissed a boy with his nose pierced and a native american tattoo on his arm.
why haven't I been worth fighting for and revisiting?
you just vanished and it hurt more than getting stabbed.
a very prominent philadelphia actor is still asleep next to me
i can't find my meteor
construction lurks outside
bang bang bang
he is stirring
i was everywhere last night
isn't it bizarre how memory works?
images rushing back like waves on a shore
who were we last year?
who were we last night?
I was so moved by terrible art
over romanticization of the highest pain
i amaze myself by how nice i can be sometimes
i hate being nice
life doesnt imitate art
whoever said that was a ******* idiot
paths are crossed while others are being blocked with road signs
neon lights on parkways blinding eyes
how easily people come and go these days
patterns and get learned and forgotten
daily routines lost while olds ones are picked up like broken dishes
gestures and words are re-gifted to the next birthday boy
small fractions of memories stick like band-aids
originality was lost three years ago
love has become re-runs in syndication
eventually the VHS of romance will deteriorate to fuzz and static
running fast from the sopranos to baywatch
not knowing where taste escaped
lips on lips
chewing and spitting
double whiskeys all night and still feeling sober as the world around you falls into a drunken stupor
like silk falling off a soft shoulder
thoughts still present
cigarettes are starting to be manifestations of thoughts
this one's for my broken heart
this one's because i'm drunk
this one's because it's hot out and i'm bored
when worse comes to worse
sleep is always there
who cares if there's anything to catch us
a saturated sunset start showing her sensual side
wine dripping down my thighs
the way you look at me
don't do it but don't stop
hot skin crashing together like cymbals
when did the sun come up?
we couldn't notice because we were coming up all night
1. biting pens the way I used to bite your lip
2. that shot of alcohol you don't need just to forget yourself
3. not sleeping because you always reside in my dreams
4. eating too much to not feel empty
5. not eating because i'm too full of regret
i wish i could tell you 'I love you' again
whiskey stinging only my lips as you watch me fall apart
You were a slotted spoon
You appeared to be picking me up
Cradling me to your lips
Enveloping my body into yours
I was too starry-eyed to see the giant holes in your arms
Doing everything I could to nourish you
Wanting your stomach full of warmth
Letting me skip so easily down to the ground
Disgusted, you turned away
I’m still in a puddle on the ground
that **** pond green flannel, those coal mine grey sweatpants
how quickly they lost your scent
of ever adventuring knees and out-stretched arms
usually in my direction
they lost your scent
as soon as I lost you
Watch the heartbreak melt away
Like an orange dreamsicle on hot sidewalks in front of your garage
Where bikes hang from ceilings, and cars stay clung to the earth
The smell of gasoline so faded by the warm rush of summer air
Parsley and tomatoes growing fruitfully from moist mulch
Watch the heartbreak melt away
Like the happiness leaving a familiar face
"I'm so sorry, I didn't mean to hurt your feelings"
Those words running over and over and over in your head like a treadmill I never used.
Hands leaving space and entering shyly into fleece pockets
Watch the heartbreak melt away
Watch the heartbreak
i sat up on a sinking down
over-grown messy hair scratching my face
and ***** plates piled in the sink
memories of a year ago flitter through my memory like old film
projecting sweeter and more saturated colors on a time I once loathed
why do things always seem better when they're from the past?
cracks and rolls
our to-do lists never seem to be complete
all we have is messy hair on our heads
and a sink full of ***** plates
i looked for you tonight
barely knowing each other and feeling such a tight bond to you
how did we both grow up in the same neighborhood
3 and half hours from civilization
i looked for you tonight
gazing and hands, arms, and faces
none of them were yours and it baffled me due to your constant presence in this bar
i looked for you tonight
my shoulders slumped into my back
smiling fading, stars leaving eyes, hands lazier
i like the way your skin is filled with ink
precious affection and quiet sensuality
do you know the weight of your beauty?
staying silent because i don't want you to think i'm weird
it's been a long, long time since i haven't had anything to say
living in the garden of eden, you float every morning
the skyline looks so good outside your window
pin-up girls on your arms
when i'm on your skin
so am i