I’m digesting a change,
resuscitating hope. Tattoed Love across my body
to invoke what it flames for.
Too often I’ve crawled naked for love,
called upon God to slaughter my desire
when love was invisible but not extinct.
I want a future union that’s ocean heavy,
a graphene bond coated in grace.
The waiting crawls through my organs.
and I wake up boxing for love.
I would trade the colossal home I built for me and my future love
for a straitjacket to bind my needs.
I even paid tithes to the wind to blow love
on my path, all to watch the payoff show up
on other’s doorsteps. I resurrect what I bury, asking
for a love, unveiled, that looks
like a door to a galaxy of daffodils.
This poem went through multiple revisions and title changes. The foundation of this poem started back in a Speakeasy workshop I was a part of, led by the wonderful Luther Hughes. We were instructed to write an eight-line impactful poem; so I knew each line had to do a lot of work. The poem had strong lines but ultimately fell flat; I let it collect dust until a year later in grad school. By that time, I had experienced more loneliness and longing to add to it, so I could really illustrate how I was feeling. A poem that I thought was meant for myself, a beta-reader said about, “no this is meant for the world,” and here we are!
- I Quit Talking About It Years Ago So It’s Only Cliché If I Overuse It - September 13, 2022