They all tell her not to fight fire with fire,
but that is only because they are afraid of her flames.
Fist, Diana Rahim (via verkur)

i.

There must be a reason why the
heart is a fist wrapped in blood.
Why it is both tenderness
and violence. Life-giving
and brutal.

There must be a reason why
women beat their fists against their chests
in grief. Why we instinctively connect the two
as if our bodies were subconsciously
acting on primitive memory:

If I beat myself where it hurts the most,
will this feeling leave? Can we shake
the organ behind the bones enough to
break it?

ii.

On average, a heart pumps 1.3 gallons
of blood per minute. 48 million gallons
by the time we’re 70. It doesn’t have
the strength to pretend to be strong
or built from bone.

It revives and re-hurts with
mere precursors of memory -
a glimpse of a picture, a song sung
together in an empty room,
a lost bobby pin, a half-eaten
bagel, the same cold air touching
the same old skin.

But this is probably why
we raise arms against others,
push guns against their backs,
connect phalanges to cheekbones.
It is the first rule of vulnerability -
pretend to be otherwise. Pretend
that the blood coating your thin skin
is not your own bleeding. 

iii.

Close a hand into a fist, feel the nails
dig into your palms. See this
unblemished reflection of your heart.
Was the body designed to warn us,
of how it was bound to batter
and pound us?

Closed, it will always be an image
of violence. An image of pain.
It took so much for us to open our palms,
and be gentle with ourselves when
hurt came. To lay our hands softly, with
our fingers flowering across our chest.
To weep without wanting to
kill what was beneath.

Notes
Buddy Wakefield, from “Gospelstitch,” in Live for a Living (Bloody Write Publishing, 2010)

So get thee behind me blindness
and come to me quietly light.
Our god loves people like poems,
loves poems like prayers,
and loves prayers even when they are silent.

We pray until our words run out,

and Yours

linger

still.

Notes
Aristotle, Politics (via ludimagister)
“It is of the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.”
Notes
Maza-DohtaI breathe, and I remember (via poemusicoffee)
“Don’t talk to me about tomorrow,
there have been no new days
since you left. Only today’s.
Only minutes, seconds,
moments soaked in your absence.”
Notes
Katherine Tucker (via the-game-is-somethingg)

What To Do When Your Boyfriend’s Asshole Best Friend Says, “Hey, Never Trust Anything That Bleeds For Seven Days And Doesn’t Die,
Right?”
OR The Only Poem I’ll Ever Write About Periods.

Don’t excuse him because he’s had
at least three lite beers
and is sweating through his black button down
that his mom or exgirlfriend
probably bought him.
Don’t excuse him because he’s been turned down
by the last six girls he went on dates with
after meeting them on tindr
with a picture that’s seven years old
Don’t excuse him because
he’s usually such a nice guy
because you don’t want to be a bitch
because you don’t want to cause a scene
because when you were seventeen
your sister told you
no one likes an angry feminist

Tell him,
Hey, Asshole:
Let me explain something to you.
Every goddamn motherfucking month since I was eleven,
a part of me
tore itself to shreds
ripped itself apart inside me
and then remade itself.

So yes, I bleed for seven days
and I don’t die
You know what else can do that?
Gods.
Immortal beings.
Things of legend.
Fuck, I can even
create life.

So I say, never trust anything that can’t
bleed for seven days and not die.
You know what that makes it?
Weak
Fallible
Mortal.
So let’s see, hon,
What you’re made of.
If you can bleed for seven days
and not die.

Rip out his jugular with your teeth.
And when he bleeds for seven seconds
and dies,
spit on his corpse and say,
I thought not.

Notes
John Burnside, from “Vi Knonos,” in The Hunt in the Forest (Jonathan Cape, 2009)
“We move so easily from light to shade
and always in pursuit of something else:”
Notes
Marge Piercy, closing strophe to “Apron Strings,” from Earth’s Daughters (No. 8, Spring 1978)
“I am not doing much yet
that is real
except trying
to see you with me.”
Notes
Stephen King, The Body 1982    (via caelums)
“Love isn’t soft, like those poets say. Love has teeth which bite and the wounds never close.”
Notes
Daughter of smoke and bone by Laini Taylor (via quotemybooks)
“Have you ever asked yourself, do monsters make war, or does war make monsters?”
Notes

fluttering-slips:

The Problem with Becoming Widely Aware of Us Just Before Sleep

i hunt for things you do not know
like what your eyelashes look like
when you close your eyes, a secret
i haven’t confessed up until now, saved
like the baby teeth brittling in a box pushed
to the back of a drawer in our tallest bureau,
your breaths end like autumn, abrupt, blunt,
like the continents i could plant between us
some nights, the ocean of our bed sheets
reflecting our freckles, connect-the-dot
constellations always there to pull us
back together

do you remember discovering your heartbeat
for the first time as a child?

Amanda Oaks, from bentlily (July 4, 2012)

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