1. Kiss boys whose mouths taste like plums and liquorice
take, but do not give
do not surrender to the urge to fall
2. Kiss girls who are silk beneath your hands
swell around them until you become water logged, heaving
3. Leave forest fires alone
do not look for smoke, when your body starts to burn
stay away from trees, get the hose
4. You are not an apology
do not treat yourself like one
your lips are perfect for kissing
your hips do not spell ‘sorry’
5. The roar of your voice is a lightning storm
This is why the sky excites you
Because you were born from it
6. They’ll tell you that you are ruined
Don’t listen, you are not an abandoned train station
you are poetry in motion
7. There will be leaves in your hair from climbing trees
and falling from them,
Sometimes it is good to hurtle
8. Loosen yourself into elastic
the next time someone touches you
remember: you are not an apology
you belong solely to yourself.
I love being horribly straightforward. I love sending reckless text messages (because how reckless can a form of digitized communication be?) and telling people I love them and telling people they are absolutely magical humans and I cannot believe they really exist. I love saying, “Kiss me harder,” and “You’re a good person,” and, “You brighten my day.” I live my life as straight-forward as possible.
Because one day, I might get hit by a bus.
Maybe it’s weird. Maybe it’s scary. Maybe it seems downright impossible to just be—to just let people know you want them, need them, feel like, in this very moment, you will die if you do not see them, hold them, touch them in some way whether its your feet on their thighs on the couch or your tongue in their mouth or your heart in their hands.
But there is nothing more beautiful than being desperate.
And there is nothing more risky than pretending not to care.
We are young and we are human and we are beautiful and we are not as in control as we think we are. We never know who needs us back. We never know the magic that can arise between ourselves and other humans.
We never know when the bus is coming."