At the base of distance,
leaning into the membrane
an edge waits,
it preys on the hesitant,
to swallow their flames
lapping up the air like wild dogs
in orange and blue light.
When I feel like giving up,
my reasons to breathe hide,
like deleted scenes,
and the broken plans
for far away days.
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At the base of distance,
I just like being dirty
I like the way I feel when people don’t even want to look at me,
but I still hate the way they look at me,
I only go out at night.
I want you to know,
that I was the one who turned the leaves different colors for you,
because I wanted to give you a rainbow in the trees.
There was a time in my life
when I had given up everything for you
and it’s now a time that I still cant get away from.
I look at my watch
like it belonged to someone else
and in the blink of an eye,
these years have shattered
and these fingers have splattered blood drops
just trying to pick up the shards
long enough for me to remember.
You haunt me, even under the brightest lights,
in the rooms without shadows,
or noises from the mouth-breathers.
You haunt every thought I have
and I feel like I’ve died for you already
because my mind
has a death grip
on the memory of us together.
So I want you to know
that I was up all night
carving out the snowflakes for this winter,
making sure they were all small enough
so that billions of them could land without waking you up.
I know we don’t remember things the same way,
but in my mind,
it was my refusal to back down
that stabbed me in the back
and the noose around my neck gave only just enough slack
so that I could stand on my toes,
but I could never be the ballerina long enough
to keep myself from choking
on all the ticket stubs, pictures and first date gum wrappers
that I still keep in the drawer I never open.
I want you to know
that I know
that this depression in what pushed you away
and i made you do the one thing you were too afraid to say.
I made you leave me.
So I left you a trail of clouds
so that you could find me one day,
somewhere between the lightning and the thunder,
but i always kept myself somewhere beneath the rain,
somewhere behind the wind.
I want you to know
that I know
that you know
that…this can go on forever, but
when you thought I was sleeping
I had kept one eye open
watching you poke holes in the sky to give me the stars.
Maybe I just want you to know
that i still think of you
and our first night sober
when you looked me in the eye
and pulled out the blue ribbon of my secrets
and used it to tie our hands together,
maybe that`s what connected us,
The kind of love that was never meant to be chained,
but was never meant to be set free.
You’re enough to break my heart,
coming so close to caring
and them walking
in some other way.
I still can’t see
when it comes to understanding,
the era of knowing,
when having the answer
was more than enough
and it took us both
to find a way
to make things work.
It’s now been
from such delicate feelings
and forming opinions
by how much
we’ve come to hate each other.
After so many
the workers can construct
and force each other
These are the minds
under the faces
that’ve made the impression
and listening for the end
of the voice beside them.
He’ll probably look just like me,
he’ll know how to smile and can probably make you laugh
and it’s easy passing pleasing drinks purchased already
where something simple as a pill can leave you caught to rot
from the inside out.
This is a letter to my nieces
and where words fall into pieces
I can only hope that I might say this right
and place some fear into the sights
that will one day be standing right infront of you, pretending they’re beside you.
I want to see pictures in your lockets
but knifes in your pockets
because the good and bad in people
is so much more extreme than we let on
because Disney tells you stories where it’s a man who saves you,
but believe me, you’re on your own,
because when it comes down to that moment of truth
you’re the only one who can save yourself
because there’s those who’ll climb on you
just to get off on the fear in your eyes
creating scars like stars becoming the only things you’ll see against the backdrop of nothing.
I want you to be carefree, but careful at the same time
and the only thing that frustrates me as much as knowing that he’s out there,
is that he probably looks just like me, because this is a tool he’ll use,
he’ll come with smiles, but leave you with tears.
Like Scar in the lion king,
or Jafar in Aladdin
the real versions of these men are out there
and like predators, they prey in the silence of comfortable situations.
But you come from a long line of heroines
From Eleanor of Aquitaine
who fought for these things again and again.
To your mothers and your sisters
who’ve covered their own blisters just to keep you, you.
If only for a little while longer.
Now I’m torn,
do I tell you these things that I know will prepare you,
or do I let you live in ignorance just so I don’t scare you,
because I’m scared that 1 in 4 is just a rounded-down estimation
and it’s only 1 in every 4 who comes forward
towards trying to make a sign that someone might see,
but we have a court of law, not justice, so noone listens to the pleas
in a legal system acting too busy
where the rules of law is like the Forrest through the trees
and only those with bruises you can see
are barely taken seriously
There are good men and there are bad men out there
and I’m caught on this fence, not only between them,
but between running away from this and towards you
because I’ve lived in fear and it’s unimaginable,
and I’ve been in love… and it’s awesome,
I want to teach you how love holds no bounds
and exactly where a mans arteries can be found.
I want to teach you so many things
but I don’t want to contradict myself,
Because before and after can never be the same
and a vacant look on your face would say more than I’m comfortable saying myself.
I want to teach you about Goldilocks and how locks can be picked
and how long hair might save you, or give the wrong person something to hang onto,
because the truth is you’ll never know for sure
until after the fact, or until it’s too late.
And truth be told
like the tools used to carve names into trees bark-bare
this is a man made fate for women everywhere
and these are the days when swords no longer come with shields
and like Andrea Gibson said
your bodies have been battlefields long before you were born.
you were born with scars that other women took to their graves
trying to save future generations from the same fate,
but there are still rainbows you can see and stars that will tell you stories.
I want to teach you about spaceships
and the space between endings and new beginnings
where knock-knock jokes can go on for days
and all the light in the world is only there for you to play.
I believe in unicorns and goblins, those monsters under the bridge and mutants in the alleyways
and from the spiders in our attics to the ghosts beneath our beds
I want to teach you what would scare the bravest men dead,
because one day someone will try to use you, or abuse you,
now I’m not trying to confuse you about the beauty in this world,
I just want to teach you something that you’ll use, something useful,
like a knife in your back pocket
for when that guy convinces you that you can trust him,
for when that guy get his hands on your drink knowing that the cops will never bust him.
Not everyone will enter your life for the right reasons
because not all of us are standing on our own two feet
and some of us will take from you just to not feel incomplete
and not everyone will smile because they’re trying to be nice
and not everyone will give without recognizing the price
so remember, your open heart and open mind have to meet you open eyes
because I’ve heard people say that which doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger,
but it doesn’t always work that way and that rule was made
by the same men who made the rule of thumb
and it was said without saying, not so thick it might brake you,
just thin enough it might cut you.
So with your eyes open let the shadows crash
falling back into the places posing personal pleasures
like feathers from the forms that once flew,
now ripped out and thrown to let fall,
you are the legacy that lets others be free