You should come over here. I’ve been watching you all night, and,
I want you.
I want you next to me,
On this pillow,
On this floor.
I want to smell the cheap liquor on your breath,
And gravel of your hazy voice,
Picked dry by dime store mints.
You should like me. I’ve been working on my wit lately, and,
I think you’d find it endearing.
I think you’d find it just lovely.
But, instead, you’re laughing at them.
I want you to laugh at me,
To hug and squeeze and flirt with me.
I want you to think I’m the funniest person you’ve ever met.
You should kiss me. I know we don’t really know each other, but, um, let’s face it,
It’d be a good kiss.
I’d guide your hand into mine,
Work my smile to your smile,
Breath my hallow song into your heavy wheeze,
If you let me,
I’d kiss you.
I want to kiss you,
And snuggle into the truth,
And just smash those god damn truths into one big Truth.
You really should, well, just give me a chance. I think it’d be...
You really should, I guess.
I think what I remember most is how you tugged at my hair. I know it seems like an odd thing to remember, and something that most people don’t often think about, but it’s what I got from you.
You’d ring your fingers around my waves, cupping them into an infinite spring, giving little pulls here and there. It wasn’t painful, and I don’t enjoy pain, so it was nothing masochist about it. It was just like the feeling you got after swimming all day or being really full from a large meal. It was a good kind of pain; a comfort.
That one summer, that summer where I thought I lost everything and you were still with---well that person--that was the summer I realized I could be with you until the day I die. I don’t think you ponder about that summer, because you were preoccupied, but it’s one of my fondest memories of the two of us. It was before the two of us were known as “us”.
I had gotten off work, feeling drained and on the verge of a breakdown when I called you. You were at the lake.
It was close to midnight, because even though I claim to be good, I’m awful with directions. The lake was one that I always wanted to go to, but never felt like the permission was mine to allow. It was your lake, your small spot in our ever expanding part of town. But when I finally got there, the lake was no longer a hidden treasure, but a shared paradise.
You probably don’t remember, but I gasped when I saw you. It was such a cheesy way, something that normal people don’t do. Most people don’t step out of their car, walk towards the lake and see their one and only and gasp. I couldn’t help it though. I had never seen someone look so pained and so beautiful at the same time. I heard people talk about that mixture of the two, pain and beauty, but you were the first person I ever got to experience it with. It didn’t help that you were basically glowing from the moonlight.
After about five minutes of me standing there, and you looking at the lake, I made my way down to sit by your side. And, here’s the big part, the part I hold onto when I feel like I’m about to break, you put your arm through mine, and said, “If we don’t talk, than everything is perfect.” I still don’t know what that means, but even if it’s years later, I still hold onto that. I still find an odd comfort in it.
We spent the rest of the night telling secrets with our eyes and jokes with our grins. I had begun to fall asleep in the nook of your shoulder, when you started grazing my head. With every tug and itch, you made your way into my heart. You twisted yourself into a piece of me even I hadn’t discovered. And the weird part is that I let you.
That summer, that clouded memory of pain and confusion, is one that I’ll always hold to. You, pulling at my hair, pulling at a wish, a dream of what could be, it still makes my stomach leap. I think about that moment, and I freeze that time, framing it in my mind.
Poured over vintage melodies
Screeching and purring,
Lasting, not resting,
Into the dream, the hope,
That this is simple.
This is easy.
I take a swig,
You pour over another assumed,
And pop culture angels hum us into a daze.
I wake into the night,
It’s when I find the melodies are loudest.
My wires have become increasingly intertwined with yours.
They short circuit,
They glow, and sure enough
They burn more energy than we need.
I tried to cut the cord to you---
I really did try.
Every time I’d get out the scissors
You’d smack them out of my hands
And we’d stay connected.
These “connections” we have,
They have to go.
We are only a few small trips---
---very small stumbles---
Away from ruining ourselves.
I used to pretend
That our wires
Had come connected,
Prior to meeting.
That there had to be some moment,
That we had meet long before we ever knew each other.
It’s impossible to try and untangle the wires.
I’ve spent years.
They wrap around my soul,
Binding me to you.
We could always unplug
Ourselves, creating a feast for the rest of the world.
Let them see the broken wires.
Let them mesh their filthy souls into my own.
As long as you hold my hand, nothing
Can break me from hope.
Sometimes, in the early of the morning, when the sky is streaked with gold and blush, I go out to my back porch and sit, and revisit areas I forget ever existed. They’re tiny, little areas, far beyond what I can even seem to comprehend; areas that have shattered the times I now live in.
I live in fractured thoughts and misplaced sentences, and a grumble of “used to be” and wishes. It’s crippled me, filling even the frames of thought reserved for happiness, joy and gratitude. My mind’s wall has become portraits of cliché battle cries and solidified truths.
My being is a museum of old friends, and loved acquaintances, and the mistrusted. Above all, I’ve held onto the expectation that, one day, I could be full again.
Full of everything that was wrought from my spirit.
Full of the magnitude of life and joy and...freedom.
In the morning, when the dew has just settled into the slow beating earth, and the birds have just been summoned to sing, I think about myself. I relish in the deep, intertwining personas so many think they know.
In the morning, I also enjoy my coffee.
2 sugars, please.