you have shattered
the plate of bone in my chest;
my sternum behaved like
a china plate
when you bulldozed into me,
leaving me black
and with shards of bone buried in my heart.
'Sternum' - Zara M (http://jims-little-live-in.tumblr.com/)
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For I have cradled melancholy
And teased and worried naked folly
(Destroy me well destroy me true
And I will always think of you) —
Rowland S. Howard, Genevieve McGuckin
Hide by These Immortal Souls, on Get Lost (Don’t Lie!)
Maybe even though you saw him with another woman, laughing and joking in a smoky bar with their heads held close together, you still think you have a shot with him.
This way of thinking will ruin you; you need to stop looking around corners and walking on eggshells when you’re near…
it hurts because
this ribcage is too small;
I will burst from the pressure
as my heart expands
from loving you more.
rejection is that sharp sting, but if you rub in
apple-scented body lotion and wait for
time to kiss away the hurt, that pain fades
and leaves your skin unblemished.
endings scar. at 11 am on a Thursday morning
you stay home from work and curl in
on yourself, hands shaking as you grip
you whisper sweet things to me,
and I listen wide-eyed, watching you paint my skies
while my fingers itch to paint yours.
I would smudge the Milky Way across them,
scatter pinpricks of light from horizon to horizon,
carefully hang the moon in a place free of clouds
where its gentle light could…
words like cannonballs
fly from your lips. they
hit me in the sternum,
shaking the oxygen from
their bonds with hemoglobin.
at least, that’s the only way
I can describe the feeling
of breathlessness around you.