The lovers in front of me exchange vows as I remember I’ve never been to a church with someone I love.
you’ll survive tonight and tomorrow
and you’ll grow stronger despite the pain,
not because of it.
imagine how dry
your throat will become when
you say their name out loud, it
will feel like your mouth getting
acquainted with a new language.
Love doesn’t mean staying unhappy, I learnt that too late.
Home once used to be a place, not
just the absence of memory.
Our lives are struggles, to bear witness, to speak out, to stand for something which we believe is worth standing for.
You’ve got to understand, there are no escape hatches to life, the way there are no fireflies when it rains, or snowflakes when your throat is parched.
Listen to every shiver that wrecks her body, and in it you’ll find the evaluation of intimacy.
You can run into people who don’t remind you of your age. You can look into the mirror for an extra half hour.
They want no hair on your body. So dip your body in wax, like sacrificial goat served on platter with honey.