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 Jan 2020 teni
 Jan 2020 teni
The waves fall over the rocks
The same way you stumble for her
Quickly and all at once  
Crashing and hitting at big impact
Slowly eroding your soul
 Jan 2020 teni
waiting patiently for my resurrection
as flames lick wildly at my flesh
someone once said to me, solemnly,
"through the fire we're born again,"
only in a baptism of holy white serpents,
can i cleanse my skin of your hands

it was my turn i suppose
to be broken down to my atoms,
shattered like cosmic debris in the sickening dark,
as it had once been waylie's or even poor valerie's,
bitten too ravenously to be veiled as love,
too hot to be satiated with your ice cold gun

your threats terrify me because i know your mind
but do you know i'll go down fighting?
an endless barrage of ominous phone calls
or tailing from strange cars
will never break my resilience nor
will the fear of blowback from foreign men

i can still taste the liquor and feel the cold on my skin
from the river by downtown, filled with bodies and vile sins
i can feel you biting my ******* and choking me with your-
you haunt my nightmares, ravaging my thighs
black bruises and torn skin - proof that i'm not dreaming
dreams you killed us both wake me up screaming

you were the final straw, the match
as my world went up in flames
but i will bloom again from the ashes
i am stronger than they all say
u think ur scarface, but ur just a demon
i don't know if u expected me to love u like they did
but ur delusional and a total creep.
u thought i would stay silent
and crumble under it all,
but i'm better than that - stronger than that
and i will fight day after day.
 Oct 2019 teni
together we touched forever

it was soft and melted between our lips

the bittersweet bite of promises made out of spite

two souls that tried too soon

i stared at the future and sky eyes met mine
if you’re reading this. to love me i had to leave us
 Oct 2019 teni
so kiss me
 Oct 2019 teni
fingertips on mine
tell me that you'll wait for me
dawn breaks; the day comes.
 Oct 2019 teni
 Oct 2019 teni
Hello turned to ash in my mouth
So I kept on walking.
Someday I will cry
For all the friendly strangers
Mistook for ash in my eye.
 Oct 2019 teni
Elle Richard
love is not made of giving and taking in equal parts
it is not a favor for a favor
i owe you nothing

love is not a compromise reached after long deliberation
it is not hurting on Monday
and healing on Tuesday

love is not touching because you will leave if i do not
it is not feigning naivety
when you see me cry

love is not the untimely squandering of innocence
it is not the suffocating grip of guilt
it is not your unwelcome touch

love is not
 Oct 2019 teni
 Oct 2019 teni
kiss me
until i
can't speak
 Oct 2019 teni
Goddess Rue
Heaven rained on me,
I breathed in the petrichor,
Bathed in the downpour.
I have sinned,
So destroy me,
With your rain.
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