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It doesn’t matter if you agree with the other’s choices.
It doesn’t matter if you are exactly on the same page.
Because in each one of those persons, there will always be something you can admire and respect them for.
That’s the one thing we should focus on.”
that’s what it looks like.
Every part of me aches
its belligerence in your direction.”
Or some laundry
that needs folding, like that other night
when I faced you, pulled your shirt
over your arms and heard you say,
everyone deserves this.
And I didn’t know if you meant a shirt
or arms or just someone
to pull it off of you.
Someone to touch
your free skin, to see the face
when a shirt leaves it, in good awe.”
but so are the best burritos
and the best sex
while eating burritos
and running with scissors
is the only way to make danger understand”
Whenever I weep I press the moment like a garlic clove—
I want to feel, good God I want to feel,
to see how everything alive
becomes a landscape.”
But at the same time, I don’t feel that being a writer gives any of us the right to just let it rip. To disregard the feelings of the people surrounding us. So I take care. Perhaps not as much as some people would like, but as much as I can and still not be diminished. And there you have it: the terrible, impossible, fundamental calculus that is at the heart of every memoirist’s life. To find your voice is to tell your truth. And there will be a different version of that truth for each and every one of us.”
Is filled with scar tissue
when your fists are heavier than your clay heart,
remember the broken that does not
remember the lungs that pound air in a body
too tired to kiss the sun
tell yourself you are still working on it
say healing, say taking my time
say patience, dear heart
say revolution and revelation and rising
And pluck the orange from the sun – it is setting
Let it set on your palms
Let your shaking bones beat like djembe drums
Let your surrender fall to the ground
So it can hold this tiny blue earth together.
There is an ocean inside of you and
Its waves come in unnamed colors
Waiting for your fingers to submerge itself
In it one by one by one
As your breathing follows the drum beats
As your hand paints over the white nothingness
This is creating
This is tiny human in tiny earth
With so much inside of her
This is freedom
This is keep going. With tiny feet, keep going.”
Perhaps this is God’s way of keeping me safe
He knows I’m tired of seeing dead birds in rusting cages.
Last night, I called the wind and asked
How she taught the dove to fly
‘the sky is a map if you know how to look’
And I looked at my skin,
marked the places I cannot love.
There are mountains in spots I want rivers to flow
Scriptures buried on the ground where trees grow
I guess my skin is a map,
There are stars hanging and the moon is painting constellations
Someday, I’ll find my way through.”
there’s the burning
who wouldn’t be afraid of the fire?
when you reach that dark alley and
decided to make a left
when you skipped morning coffee because
you’ve had too much wine
when you felt so heavy-hearted but scuffled
upon approaching your favorite bookstore
so you just go home
cry over all the wrong decisions you made
stare out the window, see even
the smoke has already cleared
and now there’s nothing left
in your city
in your body
this, is when you’ll realize
it’s not the fire
that you fear.”
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