what was love supposed to be for you? tell me about all the preconceived ideas of love that have shaped who you thought you’d be. everything you thought love would be is nothing i have to offer. but what i have, is worth everything.
this is why you’re going to choose me.
i am youthful. my smile. my sense of imagination. my hope in the darkest of nights. i have been hurt tremendously. i still love. and love. and love. i love like a child. forgetting the wrongs. believing the good. forgiving. giving.
i am soft. soft in every connotation you could imagine. my heart could not fathom impure intentions. i am a lover. lover. lover. i hated the word lover for so long because it’s often a word used to describe a person who you have sexual relations with. i need a word that means more, because my lover, i want to have relations with your soul.
i am a writer. i will write about your lips and how the fullness of them melts into the fullness of mine. how i love the way touching you, any point of contact, feels like a submersion of me into you. i will write about the way your eyelashes look like butterflies resting on your closed eyes as you sleep. and the way they transfer to my stomach as your eyelids open to look at me. i speak in lyrics more than i do words. i write more than i will ever be able to vocalize. my mind is chaotic. words flying around in circles while i stand below trying to catch the ones that fit just right. the ones that make your eyes real enough to melt into when i read about them once again.
i am a hoarder of memories. like the way you smelled the first time we met. the feeling of sweaty palms the day you didn’t let go of my hand. or that monday in may, we devoured two pots of coffee and danced in the kitchen all morning long. my mind is a record player, constantly spinning, the sound of your laughter– your bliss. an endless soudtrack playing in the background as we snuggle into bed on cold nights. induging in the nostalgia, and one another.
maybe your ideas of love aren’t as neatly packed or clearly outlined as you believe them to be. it’s possible you’ll find what you’re looking for in someone like me. maybe remaining open to feeling, falling, living, will yield a happiness even you could not foresee.
i didn’t have the words for you. i barely had them for myself.
even if i did, there’s so much you didn’t know. you couldn’t have understood any of this. why my heart was breaking. why my legs were shaking. holding you in my arms. for the last time. watching my pain manifest on your face. you were almost my son. i wanted to make you proud. as proud as you made me. with nothing but your smiles and the songs your heart sung. your optimism and your love, not yet jaded by this bitter world. i wanted to teach you things. things you wouldn’t have learned from anyone else. i wanted to share what wisdom i have with you. for we share a softness that the world will want to harden. we have a glow that the world will want to dim. life has a way of ruining things, before they can even begin. i wish, if not for more time with you, to relive every moment with you in our memories at least once more. or at least an infinite amount of times. then my heart will never have to break.
and you will never have to wonder why i’m not there now.
i miss you everyday, but i’m not going to call. believe that it kills me not to everytime i remember your exquisite face. the way your eyes captured me. i want to but there are so many reasons why i can’t. why i shouldn’t. we see the world in varying perspectives. my perspective still shifting. yours seems to be as well. we are like magnets pushing eachother away when we get just close enough to admire one another. if we were living in a different time, our paths may not have crossed. star-crossed lovers, in a strange sense is how i see you and i. ironic. all those night staring up at the sky together in awe. i just wanted to make you happy. but making you happy, it wasn’t making me happy anymore. you aren’t hard to love. that came easily. what was hard, was feeling lovable to you. i shouldn’t have had to try. no one is at fault. we just weren’t right for eachother despite how much I loved you. despite how much i planned for us to work. my planning made you uneasy. your blasé approach made me anxious. my anxiety frustrated you. your frustration hurt me. my hurt made you feel guilt. i would never write badly of you because when I think of you, i usually remember all of the good times. all of our jokes. all of our exploring. the way we would stay up all night cuddling between conversations on the couch, when we were getting to know one another. i think of our dinners. our dates. our time spent together, happy. you won’t feel like you’re too much of anything for the right person.
they’ll understand all the things you don’t say.
i wish that I could have, for i truly loved loving you. but you deserve to be happier than i could have ever made you. sometimes i forget but..
i deserve the same.
our lives may never intersect again, but this isn’t goodbye.
my experience with you felt like traveling in time. traveling back to a place that i could have belonged to. in love with you. your fantasy felt more to me like my past life. a reenactment. you think you dreamed me up but it was i who summoned you. it’s so peculiar, all that you are. all that you were. all that you have yet to become. i, so much like a cat and curiousity is killing me. when it comes to you. i want to know everything. you are the greatest mystery of my life. the puzzle i will no longer try to solve. one day i will understand the meaning behind you and I. until then, i think i understand as much as this. there is a reason for everything. we’ve done unforgivable things to one another. yet, i forgive you. you hold a very special place in my heart. i may have been a sentence in the story of you, but you were the prequel to the story my heart will someday tell. the story will exist because you still exist within me.
i hate life for being so unfair to you. you have the purest heart. you make my world poetry. you make the hurt pretty.
you should’nt have to.
my tears come too easily when I think of what you’ve been through. i can understand why you feel you can’t keep going sometimes. i feel selfish for wanting you to try. the way you fill the world with such beauty, the way you make the shitty parts of life feel bearable for me are not fair reasons to ask you to stay with me. you share a part of my soul that no one else could. i wish i could protect you from everything.
disappointment. deception. loss.
one day, i pray that the sun will burn so bright and radiantly that it reaches the depths of your soul and cures every pain you have ever felt. that sounds like a fairytale and that’s not what life is like, i know. but you are too soft. you are too lovely. i hate this life for trying to taint your magic. i hate this life for being so heavy. you did nothing to deserve pain. and still you dress it up and make it beautiful. you give it a deeper meaning, a greater purpose.
you have made life lighter for so many.
your magic still amazes me every day.
you shine brighter than the sun in my eyes.
Not being able to sleep
Because I am alone
It’s sleeping next to strangers
Who will only ever be strangers
Because they’re lying in the mold
Your body once placed
On the left side of my bed
It’s numbing the pain
In any way I can find
It taste like
tear flavored wine
Ice cream in bed
That leave me feeling
It’s lying to my family
It’s saying, “I’m okay”
It’s lying to myself
It’s wishing I could lie
to my friends
It’s remembering the smell of you
The look in your eyes
The way your lips curved
Into a smile
When they met mine
It’s forgetting the way your lips curved
Into a smile
When they met mine
And forgetting, again
to forget about you
It’s not being able to listen
To happy music
because it makes me sad
Or sad music
Because it makes me sadder
It’s the voicemail that I keep
To hear your voice
When I can’t bear the torture
Or fight the urge to call you
One last time
It’s living half alive
It’s living with sadness
Because I left my happiness
In the pockets of your sweater
It’s your sweater
I wear to bed
To make my heart feel warm again
It’s a hopeless feeling
That I’ve learned to live with
You’ve woven yourself
Around my soul
Like wild vines
Growing vigorously in the forest
Every inch of you
Into every inch of me
Until we’ve become one
Impossible to separate
Unable to distinguish your limbs
You are a part of me.
There’s a light behind my eyes. It’s my soul burning bright.
It takes a special kind of person to know what to extinguish,
and what to ignite.