"What if I told you our love was a patchwork quilt of everything
I am utterly terrified of?
Your eyes are molten lava rocks and there are cities around the world
that are burning tonight.
The strong winds that are whipping your hair around your face
are my sighs, and I’m bored of only conjuring you in the
form of metaphors.
I am an empty canyon that turns everything I touch into poetry.
This is not a love poem.
This is a poem about language
and the way
your words course through my veins.
This is about thunderstorms that rage through the sea every time
you make love to me.
I want to kiss your eyelids,
bury you in quotation marks.
I’m writing a book about why I need to cross oceans to get away from you,
only to build a ship with my bare hands so I can sail back to the soles of your feet and beg you
to take me back.
The sun burns hot across the Atlantic and I am drying up,
trying to find your face in its rays.
If I told you I was a desert would you make it storm on me?
My heart is a cactus and your letters are filling me to the brim.
Your language is the only language I want to practice.
You are destroying me and rebuilding me
into sandcastles that the ocean will wash away
in few hours time.
That’s okay, because the moment I met you I knew
you would be the hurricane that devastates my home.
You lit candles inside my ribcage
and I am burning from
the inside out for you.
In seven years my skin will regenerate
and your touch will
morph into a foreign phrase.
I am shedding my skin like a snake
that no longer wants to be a snake.
You turned me into the mouse,
trapped inside your stomach,
locked behind your fangs.
What if I told you that Nietzsche was right and your abyss has
turned me into a monster?
I watched you venture into the darkness,
so I blew out these flames for you to wrap yourself around me,
so you could cling yourself to my void
and call this home."
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