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Don’t Date a Writer

If you are looking for simple,
don’t date a writer. Don’t even
flirt with her. While you are talking,
she is considering
how you might look in a story,
or a poem,
or, possibly, in her bed. She analyzing
the metaphors in your smile,
the conjugated verbs
sprinkled in your laugh,
and the way your hands dance
in the air while you talk –
she is writing a story for those hands.

She will have bad days.
She will break dishes and cry
because failure feels like an adjective
for every incomplete sentence,
even though it’s the wrong part of speech –
her heart is always dangling
over a precipice, thoughts
wandering like a hurricane,
no one can swallow that –
but will you try, anyway?

If you are looking for simple,
marry a woman who won’t
wake you in the middle of the night,
full of desire and tequila, flames
foraging through her body
like wildfire made of lightning –
there will be countless paradoxes
and no end to her examinations,
always a heart full of purpose,
a kiss without any questions.

She will have good days.
She will laugh without armor
because you have taught her how to love
in seven different languages,
reminding her of how a river tastes in spring,
offering her inspiration
like fall apples, blossoms
of becoming, and such extraordinary trust.

If you are looking for simple,
don’t date a writer – she will
love you until the gods
stop whispering her name. She will
not be concerned with survival
(hers or yours), and
she will use the burns
and the tears and the floods
without fail. Everything in her
won’t collapse at your touch –
it will explode, creating a universe
unvisited before: only
the brave ever live there,
and nobody gets out alive.

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  1. November 18, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Reblogged this on Existentialists R Us.

  2. November 18, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Beautiful!

  3. November 18, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Okay, I think this one is my favorite so far. Going to copy this in my journal and read it all the time!!

  4. November 18, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Holy cow. Dang poet writers are the worst! Well done, Coffee Girl.

  5. November 18, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    *LOVE* Ali. You are seriously fabulous.

  6. November 18, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Reblogged this on prettyandink and commented:
    Yet another piece that makes me curse Ali for having more talent in her pinky finger than I’ll ever have.

  7. November 18, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Reblogged this on everything, and all at once and commented:
    From Ali Trotta at alwayscoffee.wordpress.com

    • November 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      I have shown this to a couple of writer friends, and they feel its truth as I do. Just great stuff, Ali.

      • November 19, 2014 at 5:19 pm

        That means so much to me! Thank you very much for sharing that — I appreciate it! ❤

  8. November 18, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Reblogged this on Kristine Wyllys.

  9. November 19, 2014 at 12:25 am

    I have lost count how many times I’ve read this now.

    This is everything.

    • November 19, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Well, you made my day! Thanks, love!!! ❤

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