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your heart like wolves

Once, I promised that it would
be okay, when I knew it wouldn’t.
That was my worst gift: hope
in a handgrenade, knowing
one of us would explode, hoping
it would be me, watching
helpless as it was you—
on repeat, I kept trying
to save you, but I only ended
up drowning myself.

You want too much quiet,
but the truth is,
I have no plans to be anything
but noisy
for the rest of my life,
which means you have to decide
between a parade
made of joy and hands
and
the way water
is always hungry
to go where it wants,
a smile
with much teeth,
and no mercy.

This good
and bad that fights
in your heart
like wolves—
I have seen them both
searching
for the same moon,
lost, forgetting
that found
doesn’t always mean safe,
and sometimes, you must
feed the beast
that makes the most honest mess.

Remember
those kisses
that changed the stars
in your soul, rearranging
new constellations,
as if love
were an unnamed muscle
in the tongue—
messy, in the best way.

I can’t promise
that things won’t break,
that corners will stay tucked,
that I will ever be easy—
I am not your metaphor
for a happy life,
but these bones of mine
are longing for yours,
impatient as the sea
reaching for the shoreline:
and there’s nothing
more beautiful
that what comes back.

Categories: poem, poems, Poetry, Uncategorized
  1. August 10, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    so beautifully written, my favorite part is:
    “Remember
    those kisses
    that changed the stars
    in your soul, rearranging
    new constellations,
    as if love
    were an unnamed muscle
    in the tongue—
    messy, in the best way.”

    I love the way you write!

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