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  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    humboldt park, chicago. it is ten o’clock in the midst of sweltering july sun and we are gathered in a loose circle on the streets on the west side of the city. a man stands in the middle, his shoulders broad, his arms laced with dark tattoos, gang symbols partially covered by the shor...
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    we are but a stone’s throw from each other, our words filling the void between us. the light is faint, but it is a priceless comfort, as i feel the empty space expand until it threatens to bli...
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    I am fire and I do not need water yet; I haven’t burned bright enough to need quenching. I will roll with the heat and recede with the cold, but I do not depend on your opposition to keep me grounded, levelheaded. I will make my own way. I will forge my own path....
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    winter cut a hole in the sun, and i was what poured out, scalding and flaming against the bitter, frozen air i burned until the snow melted me into nothing but a wisp of breath & i hoped that i would find a spark i am a smoke trail, i am an ember waiting for the welcome warmth of an...
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    i feel as if i have been looking for myself for quite a long time now, the spaces between my memory and my dreams growing wider and wider with each breath i take. i’ve discovered that the nights only get longer when you can’t stop wondering what it would feel like to finally know which d...
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    time flew past us, carrying our youth with it. you worry that one day you will find place; you fear complacency. i worry that one day i will lose my footing; i fear uncertainty. (we were made to slip through the cracks)...
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    i am only human, and all that i have to offer is laid bare in front of you: all i have are words, the only magic that i believe in. sometimes i am tired and silent; sometimes i clench my jaw and all of the words get trapped somewhere between my mind and the air that threatens to suffocate ...
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    you're a dot on the horizon, and i suppose that's all i ever was to you. i watch as your dot grows smaller, smaller and smaller still and something inside of me loosens the screw holding my ribs tight together, or the thread that winds my thoughts into a compressed knot in the back of my ...
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    yesterday, i opened my mouth and you were all that poured out; i’ve internalized your voice and now it is all i can hear when silence falls around me. we talked over empty tabletops; over late nights, over early mornings; over inches away and miles apart; and then we didn’t at all. i...
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    winter snows came and enveloped the world in white; I froze until I burned with the inexplicable need to melt....
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    you ignite and i only ever catch your sparks; i freeze and you only ever catch my breath....
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    six miles above my head the clouds are deciding whether they are heavy enough to rain, and if it is cold enough to snow. six miles underneath me the ground is deciding whether today is a good day to collapse, and if it is finally time to sink. i am sitting in my chair trying my best t...
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    it is cold, & my fingers are freezing. besides my textbooks, tea is all i have to keep me company; this is the winter of a girl, i’ve decided; this is the time i will take to fill myself until i’m not hollow i have exhaled so many words that sometimes i feel like i could fall jus...
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    fallen leaves meet frost wary wings and hearts, southbound; it's time i followed...
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    we are way over our capacity for love, for life itself, it seems; so much so that every heart is fit to burst with the need to live someone else’s story. oh, and the saddest thing— is that it all very well could be words. just words, strewn across the blank canvases that we want so ba...
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    i am dark charcoal and flame, boy. reach inside these hollow walls and scrape me clean until all that is left in your hands is ash i am crumpled paper and words, boy. take your loudest whisper and press your secrets against mine until all that is left in your head is static i am ro...
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    I would aim for the sun and burn all of these silent fields to ashes just to prove my promises were true and yet you’re still one thousand light years away, and your cold eyes never open— I wonder if that heart of yours ever thaws I would shoot the moon and gather every single speck o...
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    keep moving; save your porcelain heart from being swept off the shelf; save your glass eyes from shattering; save yourself from the strain. we are too far into this madness to save anything but ourselves; we are too deep into this frenzied search for validity to salvage these last remnants o...
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    i tried once to pull the pieces of me outwards until i was completely inside out, but i soon realized that no matter how many times i turned myself around and out, everything was still the same. there were no disguises i could bear to keep; there were no roles i found fitting to play. and ...
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    tired eyes black ink pen soiled paper long letters empty head bursting late night texts textbook print permanent marker music notes history notes fading staring avoiding; losing touch folding in rolling, falling changing fast you, me everything nothing...
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    everything was so delicate, the balance so fragile that it seemed even moonlight could cut glass. and that's when we collided, fire and ice, hot and cold, opposite to the core. but i guess it didn't matter; you made me feel at home, something that always slipped through my fingers. i wanted so...
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    it’s coming soon, this fall I’m about to take any moment i could cut the strings and drop miles down; any moment now, my heart will explode at your feet and the true meaning of helplessness is when you think the danger’s gone, but the entire time, it’s been nipping at your heels,...
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    there are days when the sun is out and the only thing you can think about is the rain there are days when we’re together and days that we’re apart but nowadays, my head is only ever empty and there are days when I remember when together was an easy thing when words and thoughts we...
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    I believe in stories. I believe that silence is made to be shattered and words are made to be strung together and voices are meant to be heard. And stories are meant to be told. Stories like 10th St., Milwaukee. Stories like Hadiya Pendleton’s. Stories like Hunt’s Point, New York. It ge...
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    and slowly, we are destroying the failure that we thought we were we are breaking down these walls of textbooks and looseleaf of ephemeral promises and failed romance of wasted tears and fading ambition of dreams, broken and discarded see, no one told us that all of our plans would one d...

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