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  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    How do you love the hand that touches your heart, and then rips it out of your chest still beating? That writes you love letters in the ink of your own blood? I am running from my hometown, terrified that I will die here. I want nothing to do with this place that has made me everyt...
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    I think I was a ghost that night. You walked right through me and shivered so I followed you home. We floated through every room until you fell down and started weeping. I brushed up against your shadow and felt your sadness; it was too much like my own. It reminded me of things I was ...
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    I laugh louder than I should, my spirit is restless, and my tongue is too sharp. I am not like the women in my family. They know when to let go, I have not yet learned to forgive. They recoil when they are hurt, my spine only snaps straighter. They swallow their insults, I throw ...
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    Tonight the moon is a clipped fingernail, a sliver of pearl on black velvet and I do not think of your mouth wide open as often as I once did....
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    Things haven’t been okay here for a while, and I thought I was coping but the truth is I’m unraveling. Tell me you still laugh like wind chimes. Tell me your hair smells like tornado weather. Tell me the moon is out tonight and she’s beautiful where you are. I need to know that go...
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    Remember how he cast you out into the wilderness, left you marooned on an island of your own misery. Remember how you gave in to the current. How you wanted to drown, so you dropped like a diving bell, down to the bottom of the ocean in your mind, hoping it would swallow you, ...
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    I went to bed last night trying not to think about you but I woke up with your laugh ringing in my ears and your smell on my pillow. You haunt me in my dreams, I am sorry I tried to forget you....
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    Would you love me a little less if these bruises didn’t bloom so easily like purple roses under your palms? Sometimes I think you just like knowing how deeply you could stain me if you really wanted to....
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    I need a new alphabet, one made out of slamming doors, screeching tires peeling off into the night, and beer bottles smashing against pavement. You’re still waiting for me to tell you what you want to hear, but my tongue is tied. I have never been the kind of girl who knows exactly w...
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    Our hearts collided at dangerous speeds and mine was the only one that shattered. The only science that could explain this is that my heart was hurtling through space, reckless and blind, desperately searching for someone to revolve around, and your heart was just floating along like a l...
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    I have always wished I was more mysterious and demure, but my face is an open book and I laugh too loud to be pretty. Every emotion I live moves across my features like a portrait in motion. You can count every heartbreak I’ve had by the scars they all leave. I think I am too alive...
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    You held your secrets down under your tongue when you kissed me, and they left such a smoky taste that I thought my mouth was full of ash. I still wonder about the girl who set fire to your lungs and left you coughing up tar....
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    You look at me with glass eyes – They are hard marbles, crystalline and cold I stand wanting and inadequate....
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    There is a constellation in your cinnamon freckles. Your cheeks are tainted by the blush that blossoms when you know you are being studied until you look up to find you are alone and the warmth returns to that pulsing chamber where it is extinguished and reborn. Perhaps the faintest melodies...
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    There will come a day when the light will find you and you will sigh no more. I will be there in the fields of heaven, gathering fistfuls of lavender for safekeeping. Come find me. I will wait....
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    I have dreamt of polluted bodies pushed out of their cocoons and slumped silent over stillborn tombs....
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    It is not so much the setting of the sun or the promise of its return that quiets my insecurities once night falls. No, it is the glowing moon suspended in its forgiving brilliance. Thank god the stars don’t judge us for what we do beneath them, thank god they do not see the evil we commit und...
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    BEFORE The girl stopped. Dazed, she ran a hand through her ash-blonde extensions and squinted up at the sun. A loud, frustrated wail erupted from her lips and her pudgy, orange hands balled into fists. Huffing, the girl shuffled forward and immediately fell face-first into the sand. Her tanned fr...
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    Her breath came quick and her lungs pulled in sharp gasps of frigid air that seemed to to crack and splinter the cage of her ribs. She did not know what she was running from, nor where she would find herself, but the pounding of her heart pumping blood past her ears was louder than rhyme o...
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    Your memory brings to mind flurries of fine particles sent into morning light and shimmering curtains of dust motes disturbed by my presence....
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    It must have seemed very strange to you when you tried to cup the moonlight in your palms only to find that the silver rays simply filtered through your fingers and cast their radiance into the all the darkest corners where the heavy sighs and heartaches waited....
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    Sometimes I think the universe must lie in every direction. Sometimes I think I am only waiting for it to wash away this black and white vision of mine and fill in the empty spaces. I want to explode into a million hues and stain the world with the violent intensity of my youth. I want to sa...
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    Just as it unfolded its wings to take flight, I reached out and smashed it, quieting its highest aspirations with the tender mercy of my palm....
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    She began to sway. Lost in the music, she twirled, trailing ribbons of light in the air after her – they were filaments of her love, quiet and iridescent....
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    The sails snap and billow on the same wind that blows my hair into my eyes and steals the apology from my lips. I wish to be pure and moon-driven like the tide, who washes its kisses on distant shores no matter how many times it is pushed away....

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