Why can I never find words on my tongue?
They lay curled up in my palms instead,
leaking into the ink of pens or
clutched in fists like painkillers or sleeping pills.
The voice in my head constructed
walls around me and dug a mile-wide moat
filled with salty, salty tears. Their claws reached
for me, their voices caressed my ears. But no,
because my heart is already an open wound.
The art of healing is a lot like the art of hoping,
yet we still build coffins, not bridges.
We fight with wooden swords,
and we love with paper hearts.
We give each other splinters and paper cuts,
watching the other bleed and pretend i’m fine, i’m fine.
A hurricane in a Coke bottle
Thunder words and lightning thoughts
Imprisoned inside glass that should have shattered.
The art of surviving is a lot like the art of lying dying lying,
so we paint our faces with frozen fingers and
swallow painkillers and sleeping pills.
i’m fine, i’m fine. i’m not, i’m not. i’m fine, i’m fine.