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how to tell our story

Step one: remove all ending punctuation nothing worth knowing has an ending
not really not when it matters not when it’s you and me
not when love is the question and the answer
the thing said and not said
it hangs in the air between us
stretching out filling up the space

step two: forget everything that has happened before
all the hard goodbyes that bend
and bend and bend
until something breaks … and then it’s hello
a beautiful word on your lips
like the way you say my name

step three: remember
the way the light comes through a window
remember steam on glass
remember the songs I used to sing for you
remember that love is vulnerability
and vulnerability is bravery
and walls are not meant for you
and me
and this

step four: other people
set a place for secrets at their table
other people invite them in
and allow them to live
and it’s the living secrets that kill
the dead ones become a thing divine
this is not how we are
this is not what our scars are made of
and we are better for it

step five: say all the things
that might be a mistake
read my lips like a book
turn page after page after page
and know
that we begin again in perfect love
and in perfect trust
an old story
that writes itself on our very bones

Categories: Poetry
  1. April 2, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Lovely 🙂

  2. Jessica
    April 2, 2013 at 10:28 am


    Just kidding, I love you, and this.

    • April 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      *sits in corner* *pouts* hehe Glad that you liked this!!! ❤

  3. simplyblake
    April 2, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Oh Ali. I love, love, LOVE this. ❤

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