Love

TO THE BOY WHO GAVE UP ON ME

I look back and I can’t believe how much I cried over you, how much I poured into you, poured until I was empty. I can’t believe how much I thought about you, worried about you, when it was you who gave up on me.  Now I see you with her. It looks like you’ve moved on, and quickly at that. She’s everything you could have wanted. Everything I wasn’t. Everything you gave up on me for. Or maybe you’re with her because she doesn’t know you, at least not as much as I do. I’m done guessing, analyzing, overanalyzing. But I’m not sad. I’m not even angry at you. Actually, the only thing I can find to do is laugh because I don’t need you anymore. I don’t need anyone, but apparently, you do. You gave up on me as if we were nothing. You said you lov...

TO MY SWEETS

I see you, my sweets.  Sweet   Like muffins, and berries, and cherries.   Like the cherry blossoms   That blanket the Georgetown sidewalks.   People stopping to stare  Taking pictures of the pink lush  Walking over the petals   As if they’re not there.   But I always step over,   And pull you up  Onto my shoulders.   Because something so beautiful  Does not belong on the bottom of a shoe.  I see you, my sweets.     I hear you, my sweets.   Your unforgettable laughter   That spills out into the world.  Like the cicadas singing spells  Into the night’s stars.   I hear your hum;   And I’ll hum it too.   If your voice gets tired,   I’ll give you mine.     I feel you, my sweets.   Your soft skin gently on mine  As you rest your cheek on my chin.   Your light curls budding   Into my nostrils.   ...

DAWN WITHIN THE NIGHT

The moon and sun are distant lovers, to meet only distantly, opposite from one another. Though neither can be beside one another, one can not be without the other. The sun is the light of the moon, the moon is the other half of the sun; together they are a balancing act of creation. The moon with no sun is only a dark, cold, desolate land. And the sun with no moon to shine light upon is only a fiery ball of unpredictability, always spreading non-stop heat; he only would be a violent ball of destructive heat without his moon to shine on. But there are those rare occasions, when moon and sun come into alignment, and when that happens a night sweeps the landscape, as if there is a dawn within the night.  Let our bodies be an example of this. Our body is the moon, our lover is the sun, and whe...

ASPEN

I’ve traveled thousands of miles to get to you  I’ve seen those snowcapped mountains in search of something true  And I did walk those dirt paths high in the sky hand in hand with you  Even though I was scared I wanted to see it through  You told me to lean on you, I did, and I fell in  I risked those doubts and faced those fears but you had a different spin  Elevated on steep creations I gripped your back  You smiled, laughed and showed me where to step  You repeatedly said “Don’t worry, I’ve got you” and held out your hands  And we connected, I felt safe, and I let go of all the control I had  I followed my heart to the hills but you knew it wouldn’t last  I wish you told me before but sometimes there shouldn’t be a second chance with your past  They all told me to feel it, feel all of i...

BE STILL, MY LOVE

Be still my love for there’s no place to be. You mustn’t rush or hurry about for the best will come you’ll see. Wind in your hair sunlight shining through. So much more then just glimpses of you. Soak it all in and sigh it all out. For your time is coming and there is no doubt. A love like no other, simple and pure. One to forget the broken heart from before. Stay still my love. Don’t rush. For what you are is what will come. Stay on your path and keep shining your light for one day you’ll meet a love that is right. Until then, you must see that love is closer then it appears to be.         Author: Melissa Fino Email: melissa@loveyourlifecommunity.com Author Bio: Melissa L. Fino is a defiant high school dropout who went on to receive her master’s in social work from the...

FIVE THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU DON’T LIVE NEAR YOUR BESTIE

Sometimes it’s incredibly difficult not living in the same place as your best friend. Whether they moved because they met the love of their life, landed their dream job, or you simply ended up in different cities, it’s just plain old hard when they aren’t an Uber ride away. It makes you want to curl up in a ball and drown your sorrows in Halo Top. Well, drop the spoon and try these five tips to help wipe away your tears. Communicate on the Reg (I’ll be shocked if you’re not doing this already, but I take pleasure in making fairly obvious observations. Indulge me, if you will.) Thanks to unlimited texting and family phone plans, I seriously text my best friends 24/7. If I see a funny quote or come across something that reminds me of them, I screenshot and send. There is nothing better than ...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHAT IT DOESN’T

I’d say I’m a bright woman, I have some senses and some wits and let me tell you   there is nothing more believable than when you’re all wound up on nerves and whiskey and you tell me how you feel.   I believe you like I believe in a punch to the stomach. There is a hunger here, wanting to be the one who gets hurt and survives it.   I’m a bright woman and I know when the time is up. I’ve known the entire time. I let you do things on your own terms and help when I can.   I even go to the store, buy you the bottle of whiskey and call it a gift.         Author: Kara Thompson Email: kara.2000.thompson@gmail.com Author Bio: Kara Thompson is a student at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She’s a writer at heart and also loves reading, traveling and l...

AND IF I COULD.

What if 10 years from now, you run into me in a coffee shop? Your heart will race while your palms gets sweaty. You feel overwhelmed by all these things that you had to tell me but can’t bring yourself to say. I wear my hair longer than I ever did before And I am vegetarian. Yet, you still choose not to drink coffee for the bet I made you. You still always furrow your eyebrows looking as intimidating as can be. And your eyes are still as pretty as it is. What if in 10 years we meet again? In a coffee shop while I sip on my coffee that I swore I would never drink and you muster the courage to tell me that you wrote me letters by the hand and could not bring yourself to send them and they are filling your drawers and you cannot seem to find more place to keep them. And you still sigh as you ...

FIERY CREATION

There’s a moment in time when we meet a person (or people) who affect us in a deep way that is beyond thought. We feel a distant connection to them, as if it’s more than a physical attraction, but spiritual. It is as if we knew them before, as a spirit, in a world beyond Earth, a place beyond time. These people we meet are hard – impossible – to forget. They connect to us, as if they merged into us, an innate part of our being. They are no longer two individuals, but one – when two hearts connect. December 9th, 2014 One You and I are as one Two souls connected from a distant time With me, you are home I am your comfort from the pain Shelter from the rain Life can be cruel But we rule our world We are our destiny You are meant for me I am part of you You and I know this is true Two souls co...

FACING FEARS AND MAPPING MODERN LOVE

September 2014. If you were anything like me for the duration of that month, year and every other day leading up to that time period, you were drawing up your plans to take your respective career ladder by storm, trying to find your footing and permanency in building up your work and credentials within the multiple degrees you worked hard to earn, and not caring a thing about finding a guy who, in your words, “would only eventually leave.” Believing this mantra, you almost never dated and, outside of accompanying friends and family on special events, dinners, or nights out on the town, you hardly saw the outside of your home’s door. “Your last date was two years ago, Jess,” a friend and co-worker told me one day during a casual bout of conversation. She emphasized the words as if I hadn’t ...

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

To whom it may concern, I loved you. I really did; at least I think I did. Did I lie about having feelings for you? Yes, but I think you knew that. In this letter I want to discuss why I fell in love with you and why I think you didn’t fall for me. Trust, it was not your hazel eyes, your perfect teeth or your beautiful plump lips…those were all just cherries on top. I fell in love you because you were accountable, funny and it was always easy opening up to you. Mind you, I had a boyfriend at the time. But to be perfectly honest, most of the time I was thinking of you and how fast time always went by with our shenanigans, inside jokes, the maybes of you and I.I become so in awe of the thought of you that I became obsessive. Looking back, I was a mess because I wanted to be everything ...

HOMME TENDRE

you are Soft and Sweet like a late-summer fruit kissed by the sun warm, kind I will not let anyone bruise you   don’t let a callus form around your Light the world needs more men with tender hearts who wear them proudly on their sleeves   step into the sea be joyful dance in the rain cry on my shoulder I am Your knight; you need not wear armor   my lovely boy you deserve fireworks in every heart in every room you walk into   or rather They deserve You       Author: Katie Clark Email: katie.katie.clark@gmail.com Author Bio: Katie is an illustrator and writer currently living in Columbus, Ohio, though she will soon relocate to Grenoble, France, to teach English. She is eating all the macarons from her favorite bakery that she can in preparation, because she...

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