We work together
Not like peas in a pod
But like sunbeams on water
And everything sinks to the bottom
FermentationMaltFermentation by haphazardmelody
from tree to femur.
from wave to throat.
from cliff to iris.
from rust to skin.
slivers to paper mache,
creases to flame,
ashes to steel.
Paper, Scissors, RockYou split your bonesPaper, Scissors, Rock by haphazardmelody
to spears, flay your skin
to stone. But your heart
still bleeds paper,
and paper beats rock
Pepperoni Tantrums (Buttercream Rage)Tonight, I was craving pizzaPepperoni Tantrums (Buttercream Rage) by haphazardmelody
like nobody's business.
I know the best joint this side of town
and I know just who to call up.
It barely has a chance to ring twice
before she answers the phone--
she could never turn down free food.
We always have a great time
at first, two friends kicking it
wherever it's open 'til midnight.
But it always boils down to noodles
and competition with this guy.
I finished first - I wasn't
racing him, I just finished first.
I was already pissed off
when I saw we were low on pepperoni.
(The thought itself is sacrilegious, honestly...)
And once I see that,
I KNOW how this night is gonna end up.
(Yes, with her scarfing all my pizza down!)
Hey, I was hungry, it was
delicious, I eat faster...
and can I help that?
There was only one piece left!
It would be wasteful not to eat it!
My eyes flickered with annoyance
as she reached for my final slice of pie,
watching slowly as she took my first,
and final bite.
It’s not like he
HappinessI am seeding wildflowersHappiness by haphazardmelody
into your crevices,
weaving etching to dust,
fiction to fact.
You tread vines,
refuse to strangle your fears
in fern thickets. I am never certain
if you will crawl off the edge
today, or if you will simply
taunt the fields below with
razor-tipped tears. And so I
tangle your smiles into
yellow garlands, capturing
happiness to torture you
in a ring around your temples.
Paint our Paletteyou are a susurration of motley bruises painted in soft, pastel hues. you are beautiful, in this moment and the next, and I know that I will lose you. but not today.Paint our Palette by introverted-ghost
the first time we sleep together is a disaster. I spend crucial moments wringing your excess from beneath your skin, watching your nerves shiver from their bones. you leave, and neither of us finish what we started.
we catapult through our next meetings with uncoordinated dis-ease. I am canvassing the static heartbeat behind your eyes each time we collide, and you are always ready to lose yourself to the surreptitious glow behind mine. if this is forbidden, then draw the blinds and vacillate inside that crooked smile.
you are too obscure for me to let you go. I decide this with a drink or three under my tongue and a hand that isn't yours on my waist. I stumble through the night: wake up in a strange bed and retch in a sterile bathroom that tells me to pack away my bile and clear out, I do not belong here. I listen.
.someone told the mist. by oaklungs
it clings too tightly
to the hills
and someone told the snow
that the mountains need
(an idiot, a coward)
the science of us.you told me once that a strike of lightningthe science of us. by TheAstrologist
is five times hotter than the surface of the sun.
and so if i am the sky
then you are the storm,
flawlessly constructed and
elaborately designed to strike me
when i'm broken.
except lightning never strikes
the same place twice,
and your fist has struck
the flesh above my cheekbone
more times than i can count.
"the earth is number two,
and heaven is number three,"
you told me once, as you slipped
your hand beneath my skirt.
your other hand was on the wheel,
guiding us through the storm.
"—because the earth was created first,"
you would tell me,
although i didn't want
to believe it.
"heaven was just an afterthought."
your hand was warm,
and your touch was electric.
i did nothing as you caressed
my inner thigh, and i stood still
as you reached for more.
i allowed you.
i had no choice.
the rain fell on the windshield
like a map of confused roads
and i thought quietly to myself
as our silence burned the bridges.
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