❝ Once upon a time there was a girl who lived in a mirror and she loved, she loved, she loved--
Once upon a time there was a boy who lived in the woods and he lost, he lost, he lost--
Once upon a time--
Once there was--
Lost, loved, lost, loved, lo--
❝ i am taking myself by the hand
i am cupping my own face gentle in my palms
i am telling myself, soft and solemn
‘we are going to be alright’
i am wiping away my own tears
salt against my thumbs
and i am reminding myself
'we are going to be alright’
i am taking myself in arm
and i am looking at the moon, the stars,
the water and waves
the cycle, the dancing,
the swaying, shifting, ever-changing
the light reflected, refracted,
dead but shining still
and i am holding myself tight
'we are going to be alright’
it’s a promise, it’s a truth, it’s a hope that hurts
but i am cradling my heart in my chest
broken and aching and beating still
'we are going to be alright’ ❞
❝ the trees are talking
i hear them on windless mornings
before even the birds are singing.
they whisper to each other
in their slow and ancient voices--
(i hold my breath, strain my ears,
hope to decipher their intricacies
their soft susurration
their slow sweeping symphonies)
—of sun and soil and slumber
of secrets and sorrows
of storms and solemn sighs.
the trees are talking
l i s t e n. ❞
❝ No longer am I wretched with regret. No longer do I drown in unmoored anger, nor grapple with bitterness snarling. No longer am I raging in the secret heart of myself.
(No longer am I sorrowful. No longer weeping.)
No, no—gentle airs have washed through me, sweeping away deleterious detritus.
Hope—clemency--peace--stir within me, gently wakened, wings unfurling, limned in light.
Yes—I forgive you for your love unfamiliar, unwanted, and mine unmatching. I forgive our muteness, our deafness, our histories incompatible, our tragedies unspoken.
I forgive us our unbelonging. ❞
— (I forgive us both for the time it took to get here.)
❝ i am haunted by a tragedy that hasn't happened yet // i cannot speak its name, nor can i weep // this preemptive grief—a self-fulfilling prophecy // a spectre summoned by silence ❞
i lay the ghosts
of all the people i've been
to rest in the water
and i watch them be
s w e p t
s e a
she holds all the secrets of the world with such jealousy
i know within her my ghosts will be better than buried
i know she will drown them
i know she will never let them come up for air
i know they will never see the light of day
i know i don't want to be known
i know she will not let me be
❝ sometimes things are ok // sometimes it's true that they will be // even if not right now.
sometimes hope is not a flower, blooming slowly, carefully tended // sometimes it's a sword and shield, a battle // sometimes you are your own enemy, or the world is // sometimes you lose.
but sometimes picking up that sword and shield means you've already won // the enemy already vanquished, already vanished // sometimes it means there's no battle to fight // all you have to do is hold on, hold tight // believe in the stalwart steel, your grip on it.
sometimes it means you reach for the sword and shield // find instead you are holding a bloom // watching petals unfurl towards the sun // the roots tangling between your fingers.
sometimes everything is ok // sometimes that's a fact, as true as the green of growing things // as cutting as a sharpened blade // as firm and unbreakable and protective as a shield. ❞
❝ i dreamed about magic and dragons and flying to neverland and i knew if i wanted it hard enough i could go and i dreamed an old, cracking voice softly saying after thunder, golden showers and a young, lilting voice singing and 'round the corner there may wait / a new road or a secret gate / and though i oft have passed them by / a day will come at last when i / shall take the hidden paths that run / west of the moon east of the sun and there were fireflies i chased laughing in the dark and there was a swarm of mosquitos but they were golden and dancing in the light and they did not bite me and it was magic, magic, and i want it back. ❞
—text in italics is from j.r.r. tolkien's lord of the rings
it's an average looking mug, nothing special about it. it usually sat in the cupboard, among other mugs, some fancier, some just as plain, some truly hideous. it got used an average amount. it was a good mug, perfectly serviceable. time went on, and pretty much all the other mugs ended up chipped or broken or lost between moves.
this one outlasted the rest, so it became a favourite of mine. it got decorated. it got used a lot more often. it was regarded fondly, and held carefully, and appreciated because it was a really good mug. i really liked that mug. like, a lot.
and then one day somebody picked it up and knocked it absentmindedly off the counter. but again, it was a really good mug. it didn't immediately shatter into pieces. it just got a crack. a big one, sure, noticeable, but if it was taken care of, it would last a really long time.
i know it's probably not a good idea to keep on using something that damaged but the mug was my favourite, and it didn't leak, and it didn't cut me if i sipped carefully, and i didn't want to let go of something that was mostly fine. still, the crack couldn't be ignored. i was always aware of it.
i knew the mug needed to be treated carefully or else it would break. i tried to make sure other people knew that. i don't live alone, you know.
but despite my best efforts, the mug got rattled around, like it could take it. it got neglected, and then used roughly, in intermittent bursts. sometimes by me, if i was having a bad day. sometimes by other people. sometimes it was just such a pain to use. a lot of the time it seemed like so much work to have to handle it so gently. nobody should have to think this hard about a mug, you know?
and i got tired of it, all the careful handling. but i couldn't just toss it. the mug has history. it's hard to let go of something with sentimental value. it's not the mug's fault it's a mess. it's not even my fault.
deciding to push it off the counter though—that was definitely my fault. i knew it couldn't handle another drop like that. i knew this time it would break. i just got tired of wondering when it would happen. it seemed like the best idea would be to speed up the inevitable. then at least i could be done with it.
it's still falling though. i'm wondering if, when it finally lands, it'll chip, or crack, or shatter into tiny little pieces.