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1.8k · May 2017
s e l f i s h .
jess May 2017
i really need you
  here and now
    to touch the crook
      o f  m y  n e c k .

         you'll feel all
           the little hairs
             standing up.
               my body gives a
                 standing ovation
                   f o r  y o u r  t o u c h .

                      you feel like love
                        all over your body,
                          let me feel it
                            a l l  o v e r  m i n e .

                               melt your love
                                let it wash over me
                                  in the yellow room
                                    as i lie in your bed
                                      i  n e e d  y o u .
Feedback is much appreciated!!
1.2k · May 2017
(in)stability
jess May 2017
I smelled cig smoke
and I wanted to smoke ten

I heard his laugh
and it made me love him again
1.1k · May 2017
click
jess May 2017
you can lean
on the tennis court fence
and tell me
about your day, your week,
your life.

i can sit
on the tennis court floor
smoking bits
taking petty photos
of the sky,
as you say how bad it is
to be alive.

we'll find
comfort in loneliness
and when we
finally feel okay,
i'll snap
a new photo
of our sky.
851 · Apr 2017
Untitled
jess Apr 2017
My fish is dying
So is my grandmother
The scales on my fish are falling off
I have had him for so long
I forgot his name

I don’t like to feed my fish
Or go near his tank at all
His tail is torn
I can’t look at it
He is in a lot of pain

(My fish died
I am not sure how to dispose of the body
He was in a lot of pain
I cried by his tank
His scales were falling off)
feedback appreciated
774 · Apr 2017
ribcage
jess Apr 2017
the human heart
is the size of
a closed fist.
it punches
in my chest,
leaving bruises
on my soul

it beats out the
everylastbit
of love i hold.
show me how
i can ever
set myself free
from the idea
that, i, too
am bitterly alone.
694 · Apr 2017
"that"
jess Apr 2017
Everyone wants a piece of the sky
Someone told me in a dream
The dome of blue blanketed them
As they lie in green grass

This hand pulled away from that one
(And in a quiet solitude,
that hand slowly moved to that side)
This ached for more than that

Then, someone, somewhere, said it
Everyone wants a piece of the sky
This they know from quiet solitude
To want more is to touch the sky
jess Apr 2017
I am here and I am gone.
Sometimes I come in strongly,
sometimes I am nothing more than a whisper.
You see, my life is like a little red radio.
Shifting, yes. Evolving, no.

Stating my momentary pleasures in a hot seat,
moving with a quiet current of low mumbles.
There are numbered stations for my feelings,
controlled by that little red-silver tune dial
that chooses a separate mood for every moment.

Moreover, the volume dial,
telling me when to keep my mouth shut,
to be static in the air that the atmosphere rejects.
and sometimes, making me feel the stations
through a door slam or a "*******."

See, my life is like a little red radio,
always caught in between two stations.
I apoligize for how terribly depressing this is. I'm going through some things
542 · Jul 2017
-
jess Jul 2017
-
my body is empty
it is exactly 3 30
i read a happy poem
and i began to cry
513 · Apr 2017
who is called july
jess Apr 2017
he lived in the mud house diagonal
with short hair and quiet eyes
he divorced an april
bad intentions with a may
strange relations with a june
july never arrived
428 · May 2017
yeah yeah fuck you
jess May 2017
did you kiss him?

or did you
hold his wrist
pull him
stepping feet
behind the wall
in your basement?

did you move
so close to
each other
so that you could
feel his breath
in the space
between you?

did you stand
on your tip toes
and let yourself
look into his
dark eyes
like a pretty blouse
in the store window
to his soul?

did you draw close
to his face,
lean in,
tilt your head
ever so slightly,
and let your
lips meet?

did you make me
feel like my heart
dropped into
my stomach,
like my feet
might just
stop moving?

or, did you just
kiss
him
383 · May 2017
no, officer, i'm just fine
jess May 2017
"these seats aren't
made for comfort"
the cop tells me
as i buckle the belt

as i sit there,
i see my reflection
in the glass
in front of me
and i hate myself

i wonder if they put
that little bit of glass
in that specific place
for that exact purpose

some people think that
mirrors are a view
into another world,
a parallel universe

i tuck a piece of hair
behind my ear,
look at the glass
and smile.
my life is like a series of out-of-body experiences recently
370 · May 2017
thank you
jess May 2017
my mom found a little *** of dirt in my room,
with a dead plant in it.

she somehow found a little leaf on it, still alive
and green in all its glory.

now, determined to keep it alive and growing,
she waters it every day.
happy mothers day to all of the truly exceptional mothers out there. and mom, thanks for watering the piece of me that was still alive.
363 · Apr 2017
how to belittle her
jess Apr 2017
let her know you’re ruined now that she’s gone
write down every mistake she has ever made
collect all your dignity and pour it elsewhere
always ask whether or not she loves you
feel sorry for yourself every single day
ignore her if she tries to atone to you
pretend you never cared about her
compare her love to being in hell
make sure she feels remorseful
fall in love with someone else
tell her she ruined you again
do not ever apologize for it
use her words against her
make yourself indignant
let yourself lose touch
fill others with hate
ignore her entirely
she ruined you
**** her over
lose control
neglect it
be cold
leave
go
362 · May 2017
block party
jess May 2017
I think they're playing poker
outside my window
the man in the polo shirt
is yelling about spades
as the little girl dances
in her sweet cotton dress
and the frail woman
finds her way to a cup
for her golden gin

I snap a photo
with my film camera.
in this moment,
everything is perfect.
not sure how i feel about this. I just like to people watch, that's it
jess May 2017
Sadness stands on a ladder
high above me, with a hose.
She pours hot hate into my body,
in an effort to make me suffer.

if i move too quickly,
It spills past my throat, and
drops fall off my tongue.

and i need you, James
to kiss new little holes
all over my gray body
and let Hate fall on the floor
from the depths of my disease

i need you, James
please sew my head
with a needle you find
in the pit of my soul
and seal me softly
to keep the Sadness
from seeping in.

I need you, James
come close to me,
listen for a pulse,
and remind me.
i am still alive.
316 · Apr 2017
indignant but more violent
jess Apr 2017
i used to play this game
as a kid, with my sister
"guess what color i'm thinking of"

she had been guessing for ages
and finally gave up.
"it's sintra"

she told me sintra was not a color
i argued for a bit, saying
"it's indigo but more violet"

"no, it just doesn't exist"
and no, it really doesn't.
my mind invented it

when i met you,
we were sintra
i thought it was real

my mind just. invented it
comments appreciated
280 · Apr 2017
220 bpm
jess Apr 2017
I said acceptance

to the five stages of grief

(in truth, denial)
simple haiku
265 · May 2017
ColdFeelingAmbidexterity
jess May 2017
My mother, placing things in my left
opulent smoke in her yellow hair,
her tired lips taking another drag.
I feel this as I push smoke into my throat,
using my left hand to the Marlboro.

My father, happening upon the other hand
I remember apologies he wrote on Post-its
to be read during kitchen-counter mornings,
as my right hand concludes
another sad poem.
So I read an article that told about how infants learn their dominant hand based on which hand their parents place toys in, and was inspired to write this mess of a poem. Enjoy
262 · May 2017
let it--
jess May 2017
soft entities
calm as moonless waters
smooth as porcelain
in the palm of a rough hand

a small fixation on lust
and a larger on love,
cold little fairies
shifting at dusk.

lavender skin,
cold little fingers,
leaves of gray,
flowers of light.
259 · Apr 2017
seventeen-syllable sorrow
jess Apr 2017
i am filled with air

i will blow away some day

the wind will take me
jess Apr 2017
“Do you still want her?”

(I still have a shirt she gave to me
I never wore it, nor washed it.
Yet it still haunts my wardrobe
Because it carries her scent.

She used my cherry chapstick once,
I never let it touch my lips again.
I like to think it’s a kiss to keep,
That I carry with me wherever I go.

I listen to the songs we used to like,
I hear them even more than we ever did.
The melodies remind me of only her,
And words are only ever about sad things.

I trace the lines on my hands sometimes
To think about when she did the same.
There seems to be a crevice in my palm
That has her name boldly engraved.)

“No, I’ve moved on.”
Comments are always appreciated
jess Apr 2017
in the middle of the street at night, back on pavement
i can't count the stars, the city lights ruined that for me
(but that's is not the point, maybe i'll write about that tomorrow).

i'm here so i can think
similarly to a fire,
the brain needs oxygen otherwise it shuts down
maybe i should rather be giving it water

i carry a cigarette in my jacket pocket, just in case
i have some liquor in my closet, just in case
it is a precaution for the case in which i lie in the street

it is a bit like:
-having your mom on speed dial
-checking your bank account
-getting tested for ******
jess Apr 2017
"tell me if you ever
feel it coming on,
i'll try to stop you."
even though, no
i would not be able to.
what would i do?
call the police? no

i might walk to:
her house and tell
her dad she did it.
i might walk to:
my room and soak
the pillow with tears.
i might walk to:
her headstone,
at the cemetery.

i can't think of
anything i could do,
maybe there's nothing.
trying to stop her
would just be hopeless.
it's like that song
the one by queen
"don't try suicide"
maybe she could
give it a listen?
wrote this a while back,
things are getting better.
229 · May 2017
the weak lovers vodka
jess May 2017
the first sip felt warm,
t
  r
   i
    c
     k
      l
       i
        n
         g
    down my throat.
and that night, so did you.
a cordial reminder of your love
for me.
and in your closet, you kissed my lips.
although your breath smelled of *****,
your lips tasted like sweet honey.
i felt like i could stay up all night,
just talking.
kissing.

honey.

and now i sit alone,
reminiscing, perhaps.
the ***** tastes bitter,
and it doesn't feel warm
like it used to.
my eyelashes weigh tons
and my body feels numb.
my honey's gone bitter
jess Jul 2017
-how your world turns
-which way your eyes see crimson
-how do your eyes see gold?

-what's your favorite word?
-do you like it for its meaning, or only
for the way it rolls off your tongue?
214 · May 2017
hints of heaven
jess May 2017
the smell of lilacs,
taste of ash,
feeling of closed eyelids
on my weary body.

walking past,
smiling at strangers
as i lose myself
on the street i know best.

hints of heaven,
that's what i need
to keep me from feeling
the hell in me.
//
213 · Apr 2017
three regulars on 57th st
jess Apr 2017
the first is the old sad looking man
he lives in the group home
i bet he’s supposed to have a walker
perhaps he refuses to use it
his body resembles a skeleton, and
he always goes through the sad park
the one that gives splinters
the one with far too much garbage
he follows the path all day,
usually pacing back and forth
i said hello once,
he did not hear me
(or maybe he just didn’t care)
i always see him, even in the cold
he is the most common of all

then, there is me
(the girl with the short hair)
she goes nowhere in particular
dark clothes, tired gait
i saw her light a cigarette once
although she never put it to her lips
she never really says hello
she just looks at you,
like “what’re you waiting for?”
she walks in the middle of the street
at midnight, all alone
she steals flowers from her neighbor
and carries them away
to the tiny house on the corner

lastly, there's the boy with the bike
he has autism if i remember
alex with the sandy brown hair
blue house, chipped paint
he never wears a helmet
i am curious if his parents mind it
when he leaves the house,
does he tell them he’s going?
he constantly talks to himself
he said hello to me once,
but called me by a name i didn’t recognize
he always bikes in circles
maybe he’s looking for something.
194 · Dec 2017
this mental ward
jess Dec 2017
There are sickly people in this mental ward,
their hearts ablaze and their bodies bruised
their fathers passed, ashtrays well worn

their hearts full of hope, their bodies blue
their mothers lovely, their skin still soft.
There are pretty people in this mental ward.
jess Mar 2018
There are no quiet alternatives to self-harm.
But--
everything that is loud is inherently angry
to me.

self-harm is not inherently angry
i am not
angry.

There are no alternatives to self-harm.
I am sad.
So I listen to Blue Moon
by That *******
named Elvis Presley.
drunk*
jess Apr 2018
i remember the exact moment i knew i could not love you
but things are much more complicated than that.
164 · Nov 2017
a lesson in electricity
jess Nov 2017
kinesiology, its the way she touches me
and maybe it's feeling now, god.
i used to read the books where she would tell him
his fingertips felt electrical.

not faraday or franklin,
she is a genius without them.
she is the field, and the circuit
and i want to be her switch.
140 · Jul 2017
bitter poem
jess Jul 2017
the open breeze
from my open bedroom window
stray hairs and i'm cold

but god, it feels good
to feel something other than
the smoke in my eyes.
126 · Jul 2017
she
jess Jul 2017
she
the worst part about it
is that she lingers
like a sad sentence
in a car ride argument
that just
hangs in the atmosphere
until you get home.
123 · Jul 2017
nothing important
jess Jul 2017
her.
she was all i cared about.
her big eyes
and little laugh
and the way it felt
to lay close to her
on a saturday night.

the way it felt
to not want to leave
on a sunday morning.

oh,
her.
she moved on
slipped through my
fingertips
beach sand and silk.

they love one another
and god.
let's talk about that.

he looks at her like mad
his eyes speak levels
of love in his heart
and he holds her close
every.
night.

she sits on his lap
and he sings her little songs
while she touches his hair
and his lips.

he was always there,
even when
i was the one musing
into her big eyes.

i stepped outside
for a breath
and walked
seven miles
to her house,
her window, her room,
her heart.

i couldn't speak.
and she asked me
why i was there, and
what happened?

oh,

nothing important.
101 · Jul 2017
Untitled
jess Jul 2017
the meds make it
so hard for me
to focus
on anythi
70 · Jul 2017
Untitled
jess Jul 2017
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