Stop these words.
These meaningless, nonsensical words.
As my mind races I hold my hands out trying to catch any falling letter.
As if I'm drowning, I choke on the logic spilling from my lips.
I'm so tired.
Tired of living.
Tired of dying.
Tired of just being so tired.
To not feel is a curse.
& to feel is a blessing.
But what is the in between?
Exhaustion I think.
I'm just so tired.
Your words are a flame
that set me on fire.
Your touch is a river
that floods me.
I hesitate to let the bottom of my foot hit this dusty ground.
Every step is blind with no map or direction.
But it's grace that is undeniable and love that is unstoppable.
Onward you whisper, go.
No matter if I'm empty, sinking, or half dead, your hand remains so gentle on the small of my back.
Without honey we are blind to the sweet richness of its taste.
Just one is all it takes.
Just one taste.
Sweet fragrance fills the room and you can only imagine it on your tongue.
Oh sweet honey, no other stands against you.
I just need a taste.
I'm home when the only sound kissing my ears is the wind.
I'm home when the only shoes on my feet are rushing grains of sand.
Let the air take me and spin me.
I want to feel the trees on the tips of my fingers and the sap stuck on my palms.
Let the soil of this earth obsorb me and make me whole.
Take me home.
In silence we sit, waiting for the first word.
How did it ever get this bad?
You remind me of reality.
A reality I never want to be a part of.
Something I don't even know of.
This normalcy you speak of, you crave so deeply in your bones.
Your body aches from desire.
My heart races for compassion.
How do you live like this?
Two separate lives that no one could ever understand, yet our blood the same.
You'll try but you won't get me this time.
Your words embody me and melt in such a way I lose all train of thought.
I breathe you in deeply as though you will only last a moment.
Take me, melt me, mold me to the very curve of you.
I've held the hands of ****** addicts.
I've kissed the faces of prostitutes.
I've hugged the bodies of the most broken.
To walk amongst the dead is where I belong.
To hold the fingers of lifeless flesh is the only thing these hands know to do.
Let me show you a love you've never known to exist.
Let me tell you about a life you've only dreamed about.
I'll glue every piece of your shattered body together.
No matter how much blood drips from these hands, I'll mend every sharp edge.
The scars on these hands will remind me of every soul I've been stitched with.
These deep, stretched, alluring scars.
I'm pass the point of no return.
There is no thought that can't be said.
No secret than can be tucked away.
I will stand strong in this storm with my hands in fist and my feet planted in the ground.
Days of victory are soon to come & I refuse to be silenced by this crippling illness.
It's as if I can feel every cell of my being illuminating.
Everything my fingers touch is electrifying.
My face aches from the corners of my lips relentlessly kissing the lobes of my ears.
Every word spilling from mouth is as dire as the need for air in my lungs.
My body is restless and weightless.
There is no euphoria I can't reach.
No amount of ecstasy I can't handle.
Complete bliss, if only for the moment.
Just as quickly as this paradise was built, even faster it disintegrates.
Stop trying to understand my mind as if its a math problem with a complicated, definant answer.
Its hard enough trying to make sense of it myself, I can't explain it anymore.
Staring at every corner of your face.
Your eyelids shut so tightly.
The edges of your lips so still.
I crave to know what's in that brain.
You rest so still, as if you have never known of any living hell.
As if you've never heard of the battle.
The war partaking so constantly inside of me.
I am so envious of your nights.
My home is sleepless.
As far from your familiarity as possible.
I refuse to delight in the things that bring me so much pain.
Though it seems to be the only consistency in this constant running scheme.
I go & it come.
I come & it stays.
You haunt my only made up fantasy of ecstasy.
If I can't delight in you, you refuse to delight in anything.
I'm so tired of you.
I can't breathe today.
Too many words trapped in the back of my throat.
No room for air.
The only thing these words are filling is empty rooms.
These letters take too long to leave my tongue, no one seems to wait around to see this finished product.
Shuttering in the in between.
Trying to search for some sort of normalcy.
Some place I'll never know.
Some place I've never been.
No sort of consistency has ever maintained me.
No established foundations.
No branching deep roots.
No part of me has any sort of regularity or normality.
It is how it has been, it is how it will always remain.
Maybe it's the way she can stare at the edge of the coffee table for hours without blinking.
It could also be the way her lips will go days without parting.
Or maybe it's the way she loses track of the last day she slept.
She doesn't recognize herself as a person, but a walking body.
With one pull of a string you can unwrap her only to find out she was hollow framework.
Like an unfinished structure.
A tired, silent hull refusing any fulfilling substance.
I cant stop the moon from falling.
I cant stop the sun from rising.
& I can't help this body from loving you.
I am enraptured by you.
Just like the moon is with the stars,
& the sun is with the clouds.
Hand in hand, I relish you.
This isn't easy.
Feeling isn't something familiar to me, yet I'm standing in the center of a broken dam.
Water rushing over me and flipping me from side to side.
I'm suffocating with a grin on my face.
Only so you don't ask if I ever learned to swim.
Of course I have.
No. No, I've never even let the tide kiss my toes.
I breathe in to let the air in my lungs be replaced with this unfamiliarity.
But I'll be ok.
Before our hands even part
from our very first greeting,
my mind won't stop.
I want to know all that there
is to know about you.
Your greatest fears.
Your wildest dreams.
Your first heartbreak.
Your favorite childhood memory.
I crave to know the depths of your soul.
The inner workings of your thoughts.
I want to know who you really are,
not who you think I want you to be.
It's crawling under my skin.
Growing larger in my rib cage.
It's this feeling I hate.
When I know it's coming.
Like watching a **** begin to crack.
I filled the floor with broken glass and ***** clothes. I dropped a pitcher of something on the carpet. The shower is on and my clothes are soaking wet.
I'm suffocating on the secrets of June 15 1999.
My grey walls turned dusty brown.
My pumpkin candle turned to stale cigarettes and moldy food.
Heavier and heavier.
In the morning I'll ask you to replay the
night and try to piece this all together.
I obsess over the tiniest details that I have dragged out of my subconscious.
Descriptions and words spilling from my lips, fleeing like escaped prisoners.
Although the fugitives legs will never grow weak from running to the sun, his cell walls will stand tall behind him, waiting for his return.
The moon is calling and I don't have enough duck tape to patch this **** together or the key to break these shackles from my ankles.
I brace myself for the weight.
Growing larger in my rib cage.
Heavier and heavier.
Take notes this time, for when the morning comes, I'll ask you to replay the night and try to piece this all together. Clue by clue, I'll find a secret.
I stand tall, waiting.
My hands rolled into fist.
Head cocked back.
Ready to fight.
My feet are planted strong.
but before i can take my last breathe, it's stolen away.
I'm thrown into the wave every which way.
my limbs flail uncontrollably and the water fills every crevice of my being and replaces the air in my lungs.
The fight is purposeless and I quickly give in. At the very moment I stop, so does it.
I am gently washed to shore.
A familiar place that i knew id never see again,
but how much more beautiful was it?
Who was I kidding?
I'd only hope to not return the next time?
If I could unravel the knots that bind these bones, my fingers would grow numb.
My wrists would crack.
My flesh would age.
& strand by strand I'm tied to be undone.
All in hopes the roots that thrived would begin to thirst again.
Gripped around each twig of mine, I race against constriction.
Pulling every which way.
Stalking every traveled end.
Unbinding every corner of this mindless, commanding restriction.
Making sense of strings without ends.
I felt the walls closing in.
I felt my throat swelling shut.
I felt the scream inching to the back of my mouth.
Everything stood still and quiet as my head bounced back and forward, left to right.
Stop ******* crying.
My hands are running up my sides to the only place they seem to fit perfectly. Gripping around my neck just tight enough to feel the tension.
I'll keep my eyes open so the darkness wont consume me.
Because i'm scared.
******* wake up.
The comfort of a flashback.
I wish I could fix you.
I wish I could smooth all of your worry wrinkles.
I wish I could tell you that everything will be ok, and actually mean it.
But the secrets of your sadness are deeper than I have ever known and I can't fix it.
You are the only hope I have ever lost, the only need I always refused and the only soul i have ever rejected.
Too much of you has withered away.
When we speak, our words are only those of distance. Desperately searching for conversation.
Have I never known you because your face is not one of a mothers, but a sad and broken stranger.
I can not fix you.
But you said that i was the one that needed fixing.
So what if none of this was real.
& the only standing truth was every word you ever said.
Every letter was my contradiction.
& every day was my false fantasy.
This pit I've crafted so perfectly was nothing but curtains and cotton ball clouds.
This was only a script I've memorized a thousand times.
& behind it all was the dream you've always vowed.
But that's not it.
Because the playbill says that you were cast to fool the crowd.
Unfortunately, the fabric of your costume can not withstand your fables.
I did anything i could to see those lips move to the shape of a crescent moon.
To watch the color of your pale skin turn blush. To keep your secret safe.
I breathed every ounce of air I had into those shriveled lungs.
I did everything I could to fix you.
But I, can not fix you.
To my mother.
I only tell you because you've never asked.
I only tell you because I don't think you seem to have the slightest idea of who I am.
Would you believe me if I did tell you?
The only clothes on my body were those of my 4 year old brothers.
The only shoes on my feet were so weathered and torn I could feel the cold concrete with every step I took.
The meals on my plate were only those from the school in which I begged for seconds and dreaded the empty weekend.
Would you believe me if I told you that the only food that filled our cabinets were expired cans given from the food bank.
Dinner time meant hiding under the table, avoiding the drunken blows of Mom's new boyfriend.
Would you even believe me?
Months would go by without water or lights.
Our home was no home.
But a shelter for those who had dragged their bodies to the bed of an 8 year old girl.
My mother was no mother at all but a slave to a chemical mixture.
Would you believe me if I told you?
I fought my fight.
Through blood and tears, I fought my fight.
I chose to stand in the crashing waves against me.
I chose to stand strong with the heaviest weight resting on my shoulders, I fought.
& I won.
Her bones were like the brittle branches of a tree. Praying the wind doesn't head east to meet her breaking twigs.
There is no place I can't look,
No feeling I can't sense,
No fragrance I can't smell,
that doesn't bring you here.
Right beside me.
How awful this feeling is.
To be so out f control if something so controlling.
Something taking over my being.
My stomach flipping, my eyes watering, my fists clenching.
How can you be so gone but so present?
The walls tower over me and shake me with intimidation.
My bare feet pressed on the cold marble ground.
I'm waiting for you.
I trace my fingers tips along the stone framework, in wonder at all the glory of this capacity.
Pillers standing hire than where my eyes can reach.
Stairs reaching places I can't even imagine.
I wait for you in this ballroom.
No matter how many times I'm invited, I can't help but marvel in the alluring radiance of this room.
Ever so gently you silently grab my hand and we begin to twirl.
Forever it seems but never getting dizzy.
What a gentleman you are.
My beating heart.
*You are my King.
I wish I could fix you.
I wish I could smooth every one of your worry wrinkles.
I wish I could tell you that everything will be ok, and mean it.
But the sadness you carry is deeper than I have ever known.
You are the only hope I have ever lost.
The only need I have always refused.
& the only soul I ever rejected.
Too much of you has withered away.
Your body has become unfamiliar to me.
Our words are only those of distance, desperately searching for conversation.
I feel as though I've never known you.
Your face is not a mothers, but a sad & broken stranger.
I just wish I could fix you.
All of your words,
you some how break me
It's this lump in my throat that seizes to be swallowed.
The missing thoughts in my mind that keep me from reality.
There are burns on my wrist from the ropes that bind them.
My mouth is shut tight from the tape that conceals it.
It's the screaming in my head and the ringing in my ears.
The shake in my hands and the ache in my feet.
There is a burning in my muscles from the tension in my body.
My deserted frame is collapsing.
It's the filth in my bones that wont wash away.
The haunt of 2:00 am that relentlessly feeds this exhaustion.
One day you will know.
One day you might understand.
Any averageness you ache for, you will not find here.
No organization, nor solidity.
I am a whirlwin of inconsistency.
My thoughts are never ending.
My body is never resting.
These feet will never settle on solid ground.
This soil will always forbid it.
Like sinking sand, it embodies me if I give in to its suddle ease.
I'll run my race.
This never ending pursuit of wholeness.
You can't keep up.
Your desire is what keeps this earth above your eyes, where every other living soul chooses to reside.
I cried the entire way home because of you.
Because I had to leave a birthday party because of you.
You've taken a piece of me I'll never ever get back.
You've taken my life away or whatever it was actually.
Your face intrudes my mind and your sharp words pierce my ears over and over again.
It's been 12 years.
How have I not forgotten by now?
It's been 12 years.
Because to me it's equivalent to my limbs missing.
You've taken pieces of me that I did not give you permission to take.
And no one stopped you.
It's been 12 years, and I cried the entire way home.
"Close your eyes" you said.
Maybe it will all go away
but still I feel it all.
I can feel your hands in all of the places they are not supposed to be.
I can hear all of the words you're not supposed to say.
Closing my eyes was no safe place at all.
At least when they were open you weren't a monster made up in my 8 year old mind.
You were a person.
Another human being.
Yet still a monster doing all these things monsters do.
Like a nightmare when you do everything in your power to scream but no sound comes out.
A living nightmare with my eyes wide open.
While my mind is whirl wind of thoughts, images, emptiness, memories, and absence...
my body is calm and collected.
Well worded and poetic.
A rhythm of consistency and gentleness.
My body is smooth and comforting while my head spins uncontrollably.
My skin is quiet while my muscles are numb and my bones are shattering.
Ear to ear my smile glows but the blood spills through the breaks between my teeth.
This is what it is and this is how it's been.
I don't want pity, I just want days.
Deep days with quiet emotions that carve far beneath my veins.
I want a salty cry to swell in my throat and begin to crawl above.
Not to feel emotion but just to feel alive.
To be human.
To feel the air in my lungs and the tension in my fists.
To feel present and connected.
To be here and now.
Most of the time I crave the absence of noise.
No one to speak.
No one to entertain.
Just my mind.
I'm allowed to shut down in the stillness with no need explain.
How hush this moment is.
Even if it is for just the moment.
Let it fill me and melt me.
In the silence I am present.
"I'm not trying to scare you because I'm scared too"
Squeezing my hands so tightly while dragging me through the cement.
You chant, "Come on now. You can do it."
By this time my road rash has met my brittle bones.
You chant, "Just stop thinking about it" as these tears turn to acid.
I can feel the gravel peeling my skin away.
& you chant, "just get past it" and the ache turns numb. I feel nothing.
"I'm not trying to scare you because I'm scared too."
Her rays start peeking through every open space in my blinds.
How beautiful it feels when you finally reach my face.
Just like warm kisses.
Your light dances throughout the cover on my bed and onto the hardwood floors my living room.
Ill sit quietly with my coffee and watch the recital from beginning to end.
How ravishing your flood looks this morning.
On days like tomorrow I stand on the edges of the furthest ground and breath in the air like never before.
I let my lungs do the talking and the oxygen do the kissing.
Something about the ocean that draws the most emotion out of my being.
I can stare for hours at its beauty.
The way it's never ending and unstoping maybe.
I'm so envious of its consistency and mystery.
How beautiful it sleeps and how gracious it awakes.
To be one with the sea is happiness to me.
You know its been days.
Days since these heavy eyes have mended.
This suit of armor is nothing but twisted, tense muscles and weak joints that have made this body whole.
Just tell me it's going to be ok.
Tell me I'm going to make it through this.
Tell me ill survive.
You would think they would prepare you for battles like this but then again, how would they?
I'm tired of the positive speeches and the nonsensical analogies you think are helping.
I feel my bones starting to ******* inside of this tired body.
Just tell me i'll make it out of this alive.
I will survive.
I’ve never known an emotion like this.
One that makes my stomach flip.
My hair stand up.
My body turn to ice.
One that turns my mind to mush.
The constant static in my thoughts disappears and silence over whelms my being.
I can feel my stomach crawling up my chest and into my throat.
My planted feet become so weak as i try and grip so tightly on reality.
“It’s not real. It’s not real. It’s not real.” i keep chanting to myself, trying to find some glimpse of victory over this crippling impression.
You have ruined a part of me.
A part of me that shakes when I'm alone.
A part that can't close my eyes for too long.
A part that can't sleep without a breathing exorcise rituals just to calm my body down to rest.
My bones ache from the constant tension of anxiety.
Never knowing where you are or what you're doing.
I cringe in every greeting praying that your name is never said in return.
You have ruined me.
But only a piece.
I will fight for myself because no one else did and no one else can.
I will be made whole.
I will rest.
I will fight.
*Take these shattered broken bones and make them new.
I fought the good fight one too many times.
The constant running, hiding, yelling.
When will it end.
I can feel my hands getting weak and my knees beginning to unbuckle.
When will it end?
Let this battle yield if only for a moment.
Let these tired eyes mend
Let my broken body rest tonight.
If only just for the night.
The tension rest between my eyes as my skin wrinkles.
My jaw shut so tightly.
I can feel the muscles in my shoulders so heavy and twisted.
My fingers fastened to a fist.
My bones aching from such strain.
My legs in the constant state of motion and restlessness.
Let this aching body rest.
I can't cry anymore.
I've lost every counted hour of sleep.
No words can form any sensical sentences.
I'd go weeks without talking if you'd let me.
I don't know where I've gone but I know its not here.
All of me.
No voice. No motions. No thoughts. No conversation.
It's packed and shipped away.
I'm screaming to the blank faces that circle around me.
But their words are too vibrant to recognize my echo.
I'm gone to sea with no plan to return.
Push me away.
I want it.
I need it.
I crave to be gone.
All of me.
Let silence consume the world that bind my feet to this rotted soil.
I want it.
Apathy. I get it now.
Last night a man stood outside our apartment building screaming.
Yelling every thought & response to each conversation that filled his sick mind.
Nothing falling from his lips made any sort of sense to the audience of bothered listeners.
I however, could have listened to him for hours on end.
Windows wide open.
Only separated by netted screens.
Calmed by the shaking echos of his nonsensical narrations.
Almost envious of the certainty in his voice.
His lack of mindfulness beckoning my lack of perception.
The unseen canyons of my subconscious now flooding with his translation.
How twisted is this head of mine to desire my own abiding, blustering interpretation.
One that echos my own nonsensical narrations.
Only filtered by netted screens, with windows wide open.
And to the conversations that fill this sick mind, I wish i could just listen.