posts tagged "poetry"

i would like to
fast forward
to the feeling
of wholeness
that doesn’t come
from humans or
items or accolades.

I feel like
Bruised fruit.

Still sweet
But thrown out.

potential is a new dirty word
don’t you dare speak it
i don’t want it
keep it

if you put it in my pocket
i will cut my pockets up
if you put it in my hand
i will spread my fingers wide
if you put it in my head
i will let it glide in one ear
and out the other

i’m so tired of hearing who i will be
one day
tell me something about who i am

I’m Not Lonely
by Nikki Giovanni

i’m not lonely
sleeping all alone

you think i’m scared
but i’m a big girl
i don’t cry
or anything

i have a great
big bed
to roll around
in and lots of space
and i don’t dream
bad dreams
like i used
to have that you
were leaving me
anymore

now that you’re gone
i don’t dream
and no matter
what you think
i’m not lonely
sleeping
all alone

we caught eyes
from afar. far away.
too far to see each other
but close enough to
feel we’d soon be
close.

there are stories
written in print too fine
for me to read
within me.
but if you’d like to
you may look closer.
i’ll hold still.

i wrote a poem a long time ago
i can’t remember the words exactly
i can’t find where i put it
i know it’s around somewhere
but that doesn’t really matter
that’s beside the point
this isn’t about that poem
this is about
how much i miss you

if my hair were bigger
life would be better
(right?)
they’d see me as blacker
than i apparently am
(right?)

i think you’d be surprised
if your fingers unfisted
your grip ungripped
and your hold unheld

how much you might not miss
the parts of you that fell

we shed our skin
we lose our hair
my teeth fell out
when i was ten

i think
if you let the seed inside
breathe it’s last and die
you’d find something better
planted
pomegranate, maybe
sweeter fruit

you are far away
and we haven’t spoken
in quite some time.
but if your absence
is still present for me
maybe my absence
is still present for you