To anyone who ever put
doubt on my lap,

hopeless thoughts
in my mind,

past mistakes
in my hands

and regret
in my eyes,

I want you
to remember
that you did not
succeed in trying
to ruin me.

― "Sorry, but I’m not going anywhere," - Colleen Brown
I look for you in everyone.
― Six Word Story #16 by absentions  (via tovax)
Blackberry-Picking

apoemaday:

by Seamus Heaney

Late August, given heavy rain and sun
For a full week, the blackberries would ripen.
At first, just one, a glossy purple clot
Among others, red, green, hard as a knot.
You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet
Like thickened wine: summer’s blood was in it
Leaving stains upon the tongue and lust for
Picking. Then red ones inked up and that hunger
Sent us out with milk cans, pea tins, jam-pots
Where briars scratched and wet grass bleached our boots.
Round hayfields, cornfields and potato-drills
We trekked and picked until the cans were full
Until the tinkling bottom had been covered
With green ones, and on top big dark blobs burned
Like a plate of eyes. Our hands were peppered
With thorn pricks, our palms sticky as Bluebeard’s.
We hoarded the fresh berries in the byre.
But when the bath was filled we found a fur,
A rat-grey fungus, glutting on our cache.
The juice was stinking too. Once off the bush
The fruit fermented, the sweet flesh would turn sour.
I always felt like crying. It wasn’t fair
That all the lovely canfuls smelt of rot.
Each year I hoped they’d keep, knew they would not.

Gravity and Center by Henri Cole

asleepypuppy:

I’m sorry I cannot say I love you when you say
you love me. The words, like moist fingers,
appear before me full of promise but then run away
to a narrow black room that is always dark,
where they are silent, elegant, like antique gold,
devouring the thing I feel. I want the force
of attraction to crush the force of repulsion
and my inner and outer worlds to pierce
one another, like a horse whipped by a man.
I don’t want words to sever me from reality.
I don’t want to need them. I want nothing
to reveal feeling but feeling—as in freedom,
or the knowledge of peace in a realm beyond,
or the sound of water poured into a bowl.

toomuchtact:

As the Bruises Fade, the Lightning Aches
Richard Brautigan

As the bruises fade, the lightning aches.
Last week, making love, you bit me.
Now the blue and dark have gone
and yellow bruises grow toward pale daffodils,
then paler to become until my body
is all my own and what that ever got me.

Our hands
that stroke each other
Our fingers
naked as petals
And the world —
pulses on a swing.
― Anne Sexton, from The Fierceness Of Female (via violentwavesofemotion)
both.
i want to stay.
i want to leave.
i am three oceans away from my soul.
lost, nayyirah waheed 
Airports see more sincere kisses than wedding halls. The walls of hospitals have heard more prayers than the walls of churches.
― (via livethelatte)
And so we stand on balconies and rocky hilltops, and caterwaul our best, and the world flickers in and out of being, and we think it needs our permission.
― Margaret Atwood, The Door