between the lines

acid
dripping from our tongues

helped
hurt, healed, open

me
lost in wilderness for so long

trust
misplaced in false hopes/idols

love
defined and redefined however you please

again
brought back to the start with renewed strength and a fresh perspective

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To Philadelphia, With Love

Street corners in the inner city,

Cul de sacs in the suburbs,

Coffeeshops,

Nowhere feels safe.

They steal from us, then degrade us.

Dehumanize,

Arrest and slay us.

Trying everyday in every way to erase us from history,

But still we fight (and fight we must!)

we refuse to abide.

Gravitas

Sometimes looking back

you get livid with yourself

for being angry/pathetic/vulnerable when you shouldn’t have been

the permanence of the past rapping at the chamber door to your soul

find solace in the fact that while the past is permanent

the past has passed

02/23/18

Same sad news,
dark sky, cold winds,

Fat cats checking investments,
ignoring corruption at home in favor of the like abroad.

Despots disparaging/dictating to other despots.

And what of my generation?

We’ve revived taking to the streets,
grilling/screaming at our legislators,

Demanding change,
asserting alt identities,

Casting aside stigmas,
living how we want with whom we love,

loving ourselves openly.

Not lost nor lazy, but
creative, innovative,
brutally honest.

You can’t f#ck us, without paying first.

Living

I don’t believe in Gods or Fate,

(The only devils I’ve known are men of flesh and blood)

But I do believe in love.

And Hell?

Hell is

loneliness,

loss,

abuse,

abandonment,

anger,

suffering.

I don’t believe in Gods or Fate,

But your love is

Heaven.

(Barely) Swimming

Truth spilling out like salt

Fire in my guts

But stiff legs keep me from flight

Holding on to the happy remnants of the past and trying to trash the rest

Punch a clock, pay the bills

Vacation

Return to stress

Gnawing at thoughts, eating skin

Deep breathing, deep sea of relaxation

Oils, candles, scents, and bath creams

All amounts to the same thing

Struggle