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II: HER WORDS • Poetry goodbye


I remember days when we were talking Staying out late And you would walk me home


I remember timeswhen we were fighting Screaming at the night And you would leave alone


But somehow you brought me back here Somehow I’m feeling better And somehow you don’t seem so scared And we don’t seem so wrong


So give me once chance to prove I’m worth it Just give me a minute to catch my breath Sitting in the starlight feels so perfect here So don’t say goodbye


_________ Explanations


It’s the little mistakes That make or break me Drowning in days That make it feel like the world is spinning me in circles I can’t find my way or my purpose But I’ve been told it’s in teamwork, Or maybe in commitment But is dedication to what’s broken me something I can live with? I used to be exuberant There was passion in me But the world got real And started blasting at me


I won’t always be on top That’s what the order told me But fuck if I’ll be at the bottom That shit is way below me It a pride thing, I’ll admit it I was used to glowing eyes and then once I didn’t get it I felt robbed Man, fuck commitment to this weak shit But I pulled myself together and stuck it out, it wasn’t right until the demons started eating at me every single night until they broke me I was too lonely to even see the damage Too helpless to even try my hand at Starting something less destructive but fuckthat I won’t live a life obstructed by dread and watered eyes I’ve got more worth than that But I was walking on thin ice So I took a step back And saw a face I didn’t recognize Then I made the change that needed to happen I know I don’t owe anyone an explanation but that’s how it happened. _________


Speak no evil


White wash walls Tight linoleum I walk with light feet And never tread into the deep end Where your toes can’t touch Where you close your eyes to see


Behind shallow stalls Smiles like grimaces pretend Cases of cardboard cutouts Living and breathing Until closed doors forgive them Until they can’t take anymore


The pestilence of a silent, broken room Full of empty, stolen souls Is enough to make your skin crawl Enough to make the tips of your fingers itch As they silently shake Begging for a drum


_________ “Sitting in


the starlight feels so


perfect here


So don’t say goodbye”


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