- Love likes its morning coffee black, but doesn’t like mornings.
- The first time he said I love you was in your mother tongue, his lips pressed against yours, I swear you could taste forever in his smile.
- Your palette has been well trained in detecting lies since then
- You never knew a man could be so honest, but then again, you never knew a lot of things about a man who loves like he’s fulfilling a promise
- You believe in promises again
- Love gets high and talks shit but makes sense
- Love doesn’t make sense
This sounds a lot like moving on:
You will talk to a man who will make the memories less brutal on your heart. Pretty soon you’ll be able to think about love without wanting to set yourself on fire.
The nights won’t be so violent anymore, and in time, the nightmares will be just another conversation at the dinner table. Speaking of, you will be brave enough to be around people without feeling your heart shake from violent thrusts of emotion.
You miss him, but you no longer write about him anymore. No longer think about him as much. Your tears have become strangers again, and you don’t know what’s worse: forgetting the bad times, or not remembering the good ones.
I paint with words
Sometimes the pain is a man, a limping man, not because his legs aren’t strong enough, it’s his heart that has walked a thousand miles, only to be met with nothing that wants it
This is the man in my painting, who hears the word promise and his heart translates it to shattering glass, “Please, make it stop. Tell them I’ve heard of promise before, waited with baited breath, but he’s the second coming, the never coming. All I hear is his name as a scream, a broken prayer, an abandoned temple heavy on my chest.” Continue reading “I paint with words”
Sometimes love comes to give us a second chance
I was breathing in commas before you came my way
Stranger with hands that reminded me of God
I was merely a fraction of all the tomorrows I let my yesterdays slip away with
But you came and translated my suicidal thoughts into a language only love understands
Thank you for loving me in ink
I hope to hold your heart with the delicacy of one who tames butterflies
I am naming my smile after you
Because I love the taste of your name in my mouth
Painting by Pier Toffoletti
“All I seem to hear are these walls, reminding me how long I’ve been alone”
- These drooping eyelids
The stories they hold
How I can no longer look forever in the eye
I’ve promised it to so many people
If you ever master anything in this life, it is unlearning silence. You will find that being born black and a woman will make a revolution out of you. These words will be your refuge.
Sometimes your body will be a war zone and your soul will be in exile. Breathe child. And remember to come home.
Some days your body will feel like a foreign land, your soul a nomad. Learn to stay. Continue reading “Misplaced metaphors pt. III”