Shell of A Thing
All the autumn’s are dead, nestled beneath
the cracked ground wrinkles of your face.
The dead leaves beneath your tongue
seep out as you ask for more time,
but they are building an empire
from your bones.
Where snow may gather, colder than you,
but just as dead.
If milkshakes bring boys to the yard, what brings girls? Smoothies? What brings non-binary cuties? Frappucinos? I need to know.
It’s Been Awhile
I am a faraway moon watching a couple of cranes fall in love. My veins are filled with empty graves, and I feel so detached from anything that is living, anything that is real. I haven’t written any letters to myself, or anybody else in almost month, which is the longest I’ve ever gone without writing. You see, I used to hide from the part of myself that dreams in overdoses and bloody bathtubs underneath the blankets until the numbness would come. But she’s not hiding anymore. She’s going looking for something and the part of me that wants to stay here is getting quieter and quieter. Somewhere I am scared, and I am trying to stay that way because as long as I’m scared I’m not dead.
You’re 21, Now What?
You could drink to it, if you drank, but you don’t.
You’re growing up and you’re growing scared.
Baby, you’re not broken, but you have been,
and that’s alright. Because whose cracked bottle
body hasn’t hit the sidewalk at some point?
You are still unfinished, but tonight we can breathe
and cherish the lungs that are a part of every
girl we’ve been, and every women we’re becoming.
do not grab hamish by the horns
The Beautiful Punchline
This is for all of my Valentine’s Day jokes. For every woman who heard the phrase, “Do you want to be my girlfriend?” turned into a knock knock joke where you were the punchline. We were the chubby, short, acne covered comedy routines of our younger years. Our bodies became stand-up routines that we couldn’t escape, so we tried to redecorate the stage. More make-up, new hair, hours in front of a mirror, because it didn’t matter how kind or funny you were, beauty helped you blend in. Beauty made you a part of the audience instead of the main event. When puberty hit, and the crowd moved on you still found yourself waiting for the laughter when you looked in the mirror. Because when somebody tells us we’re beautiful, we’re always waiting for the punchline.
“There are no bargains between lions and men. I will kill you and eat you raw.”
– Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles. (via thatkindofwoman)
You deserve for your unknown spring to have an awakening of happiness.
Oh how wonderful! This made me so happy. What a lovely thing to say, thank you!
To The Boy I Do Not Love
You are beautiful, and I could not love you any less. I see the way you hope to hold my little house body near to you when we go out for coffee, but I do not know how to love you between sheets and whispers. My body was not built to be pressed up against yours, longing for your fingers to draw maps across my thighs. When you touch me I want to run, and I won’t apologize for this, because you need another type of house to call home. You have so much to offer somebody who isn’t me.
Thank You for Shopping
I am non-refundable, much to my mother’s dismay. The daughter she ordered came damaged at best, and her receipt was full of things she did not order.
2 pounds of God loves everybody just the way they are.
What a thrilling idea to an ugly little girl. The duckling that toppled out of her mother’s womb with frizzy hair, and a pudgy tummy would proudly announce one Sunday morning that it didn’t matter if her hair stood up because God thought she was beautiful just the way she was, and she would be struck again and again by manicured hands and bullet words that said, “no, he does not love you when you look this way.” Sitting bruised through a Sunday sermon I would wonder if God really loves ugly things or if he just pretends because it looks nice on paper, because all the girls on those pamphlets our church handed out never had acne on their faces, or fat that jiggled.
3 bags of water under the bridge.
“You wear your depression like a badge. You just talk about it all the time. At some point you have to let it be water under the bridge, maybe if you stopped focusing on it, then it would go away. There’s nothing I can do for you, I’m distancing myself from the situation.” I am a situation like a flat tire on a sunny day, and jam on a new white dress. A situation that sleeps with the knowledge that my mother loves me, she just doesn’t love me the way that I am. I have become a situation who turned into a beautiful woman without your words, without your help.
With your coupon you saved 20 pounds of flesh.
“At least you’re not one of the big girls.” Why? Because mama, maybe if I grow up big then I’ll go from a manageable summer breeze to a hurricane and you won’t be able to stuff me into your shopping cart anymore. My hips will knock fruit off of the displays, and then maybe everybody will turn and look and I won’t be as perfect as you hoped I would be. Mama, you are not bad, just broken by a system that tells you your daughter is supposed to fit in a shopping cart, and look like a catalog ad. I have become so much more than your insecurities, I have become so much more than my disorders, I have grown into my own home where I don’t need to be written into your receipt.
Today I am busy being a hot babe, and working on a new creative non-fiction piece. I’m also really excited to see bargest, hostile17foundthetardis, and robotsorgods this summer.
“I am the sea and nobody owns me.”
– Pippi Longstocking (1997)
Where I Am Right Now
Depression and abuse have given me strange gifts that nobody should ever have to un-wrap. I am largely a self-soother, and generally the only hand I have to hold is my own, but the past few months I woke up with a desire to jump off of a building, or spend all day in bed crying, no matter how much I tried to make myself better. There’s really no pretty way to write about the desire to not exist anymore. Yet, I am still here, and that counts for something. I’ve moved back home on summer break, and I’m determined to build myself up the best that I can. I purchased some pretty summer dresses, and I’m going to wear them, and love the body they clothe. I’d like to continue to work on my writing, and send more things out to try and get them published. I’m going to get a better handle on my depression this summer, there will still be bad days, but I want them to be less frequent than they have been the past few months. These past few months I’ve also been pondering my sexuality a lot, and I have decided I identify as asexual. It’s been a really weird journey getting to that point, but I’m glad I’m here. I also wanted to thank all of you who read my writing and offer me support. This blog started out as a way to vent, but it’s grown and helped me to become a better writer, and a better person.
For Helga, My Love Poetry Girl
Women and children have drowned in your eyes
because somebody once stuffed an ocean into them
while writing a sonnet. Your skin is soft like a lost
child’s blanket, and men weep because they’ll
never touch it again. Oh my baby, my pet,
my bear in a cage. We are all paralyzed
by your strange, poisonous love.
I’m not a mermaid and that is literally the number one reason for all of my problems in life.