Love and Relationships

GUARDED

Remembering that night, our first night The room illuminated by candles Rose petals adorned the floor Loves notes posted in every empty space Baby, you are my everything, and I smile because of you Your reaction touched my heart to the core Your overwhelming tears tore down the walls that guarded my heart I Love You was all wanted to shout Terrified at what you would think, I kept it to myself As the evening progressed. the passion consumed every ounce of that room Enjoying how every inch of you filled me Your hands in mine, your lips on my lips Never let me go is what ran through my mind But the night had to end A quiet drive on the way to your home only to have you say the words I waited for all night I Love You Baby!       Author: Jacqueline Rodriguez Email: jc2065.jr37@g...

HALLOWED

What is so sacred about that stubble on your face, those muscles, that strength?   What is so hallowed about the member between your legs that huskiness in your voice?   What is so blessed about you being a man, that it is a sin for me to love another woman?       Author: Anangsha Alammyan Email: anangsha.nits@gmail.com Author Bio: Anangsha is a Civil Engineer by profession and a writer by passion. All through her life, she has looked at writing as a means of catharsis, expression and escape – though not necessarily in that order. She is currently working on her first book – “Stolen Reflections” which is an anthology of poems and is now available on Amazon. Link to social media or website: Instagram @anangsha_    

ON MY OWN…

Nothing can replace the security I felt when you were here The illusion that was telling me everything was okay when it wasn’t I created this false sense of happiness within When all I really was doing was ruining all that I ever wanted Then you left and that blanket was gone Like a child realizing Santa isn’t real Seeing it as a preservation of innocence and not complacent lies You wanted so bad to save me But now I’m on my own…   -HeR     Author: Brittanie Lang Email: hippie.lova24@gmail.com Author Bio: I’m a single working mother of four amazing little people. Poetry has been a hobby for me and a means of therapy to release my emotions and thoughts. I am in the process of publishing a book of my work in the near future. Link to social media or website: Instagram @hi...

LADIES WHO LUNCH

The women in my life are nothing less than powerhouses. They are community advocates, doctors, entrepreneurs, wives, artists, yogis, teachers and therapists. They face each day as they did the last- with elegant exhaustion. They maneuver through their daily world of board rooms, aging parents, soccer practices and self-care. They may not always make it look easy, but that only adds to my admiration for them continuing to show up each day. I am blessed to have these women in my life, for they constantly inspire me to show up in my life as well. To keep fighting for a life full of chaos and spaghetti stains and sweat and bliss. It is out of my love for these incredible women that it equally amazes me how often the topic of diets, food and body shaming continue to dominate our dialogue. Our t...

DID MY RELATIONSHIP ABROAD MAKE ME MISS OUT ON OTHER THINGS?

I always hated the trope when someone enters into a relationship, they completely forget about his or her friends and focus on the relationship. I never wanted to be that girl, and yet I fear I may have been her. I had been studying in London for a month when I reactivated my Tinder. I felt comfortable enough with the city and my life there that I was willing to try and meet people. Before this, my Tinder life had been pretty lackluster; I rarely kept up conversations and had definitely never met up with anyone. But it only takes one thing to change your mind. British Boy made me laugh in our texting conversations, so I gave him my number and agreed to meet him for drinks. Something completely unprecedented for me, and I was terrified. It didn’t help that I had friends convinced that...

PEACE WITHIN: A TALE OF ACCEPTANCE

I used to think I was invincible. Nothing could hurt me without me fighting back. Then I realized I was my strongest when I accepted pain, when I saw ‘letting go’ as a state of being and not a forced action, when I listened to my heart for not just running fast at something or someone, but listened to it for slowing down, taking a breath…for protecting it against what doesn’t feel right anymore. I realized peace in the middle of a trail run, surrounded by tall greens and dancing waters. The night before felt like four months prior; constricted in a bar by a person who wasn’t there. That night, things, moments flickered fast. I recognized the Vance Joy song, Georgia , on the radio. My friend called his number from her phone, he answered. At a gray booth within a smal...

INFINITY

Just because I opened my legs to you doesn’t mean I gave you access to my soul, my aching heart, those secrets I hide in my memories, every thought, every hope, the people I knew, the lessons I learnt, the words I spoke, and those I never did, ideas, possibilities, hopes and dreams, inhibitions –   the infinity of an entire universe contained within me.   You only had me You did not, and can never conquer me.   A woman is so much more than her body     Author: Anangsha Alammyan Email: anangsha.nits@gmail.com Author Bio: Anangsha is a Civil Engineer by profession and a writer by passion. All through her life, she has looked at writing as a means of catharsis, expression and escape – though not necessarily in that order. She is currently working on her first bo...

THINGS I TELL MYSELF WHEN I’M LONELY

I wrapped myself in your absence last night It holds numbers whose value I cannot speak, but whose edges scratch my bare shoulders from the inside of an otherwise comfortable cloak.   I walked among favored strangers ruby lipstick bleeding from my chapped lips, talking to a homeless woman and her dog. He promised me silver and gold, she said, clutching at cheap satin batting. But I don’t need money. I need someone to hold me like I’m human.   I tried to give her the covering you left me, for it holds in heat. But I cannot rid myself of something that is not. You are as much a feeling of home to me as my mother making banana smoothies. You represent the same warmth.   I am always loving you, trying to convince myself I can freeze as well as live, telling myself yo...

LIFE LESSONS IN ALMOST RELATIONSHIPS

Today, I finally confronted the monster clinging and clawing at my brain, A question I’ve tried to ask myself countlessly while we were together.   Tell me, why wasn’t I good enough to be with you? You told me commitment scared you, You weren’t ready for a relationship anytime soon. I understood, I stayed.  I did this for three whole months. Almost as quick as the weather, your emotions changed. Your silence became defining, a sharp knife.   You leaving fairly quickly came as no surprise to me, but You found yourself almost immediately in a relationship. I felt shock instantly radiate throughout my being. I tried to be everything to you, but I fell short every time. Just the thought of it made me numb, unable to speak. I blamed myself because I didn’t know what else to do.  ...

AND FOR THIS REASON, I WILL REMAIN SINGLE

When I had my first boyfriend, I was in eighth grade in 2010, and ever since that relationship I had always loved the idea of being in a relationship. My relationships would normally last longer than a year, and the longest one lasted for four years. I have never really had terrible breakups, and I still get along very well with all my exes. Before, the longest I had been single for was one month and two weeks, but this is now officially the longest I have been single for (five months) and this is all because of what I learnt from evaluating my relationships. Since I have been spending so much time alone, I have been thinking about all sorts of things in relation to relationships and this one time I actually realised that I have basically never been single because my happiness only ever de...

REAL QUEENS FIX EACH OTHER’S CROWNS

Queens are leaders, and every woman has the right to call herself a Queen. But real Queens do not try to take down their fellow Monarchs. They create alliances to help each other be stronger together. They understand that in order to take credit for having power, they also have to take responsibility. There is an incredible book I’ve read, called “The Soul of Leadership,” by Deepak Chopra. I highly recommend this read for all the powerful ladies out there.  My approach to what makes someone a good leader is absolutely inspired by this and many other pieces of writing. The compilation of soaking in “The Soul of Leadership,” other inspiring readings, researching respected leaders throughout history, and evaluating qualities that lead to lasting and respected leaders h...

STARTING THE SECRET SAUCE: THREE LESSONS ON MARRIAGE

“I never want to get married.” These are the words I whispered only to myself as a little girl. The words I told myself as I left church as a teenager hearing a pastor utter phrases like, “a woman needs to be submissive to a man.” The words I told myself as I applied to graduate school, deciding I wanted to dive head first into my career and dreamt to be a successful girl boss one day. I told myself I didn’t want to get married as I looked to my own family and realized that children have never been something I dreamt of. And let me tell you quite frankly, I was very wrong. I look back on the little girl I was, and I am proud of how brave I was then. The courage was buried deep inside of me for years with words I never spoke out loud until a drunken evening in colleg...

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