white picket fence
down the street there’s a little house, and it’s not discrete or anything. it’s just a little house with little brick walls and carpet that always feels a little damp. i’ve been there a few times; snuck in on the late nights when i should have been in bed sleeping. no one lives there anymore, not really. there’s been a “for sale” sign dug into the ground for about a year.
i guess no one likes it enough to put their money and trust into it. they’ll never know the secrets that lay beneath the soggy carpet and scraped up floorboards, though. and maybe that’s what makes me smile when everyone who goes for an inspection, walks away.
they’ll never know how we fucked like the world was ending on that staircase, and how i can still taste your skin between my teeth the second i put a foot onto the driveway. they’ll never know that the reason the carpets are always wet is because there are six leaks in the roof — and you made the sixth one yourself because you hate odd numbers —i could paint their positions with my eyes closed. it was home, if there has ever been one.
but sometimes you have to move. and you felt like it wasn’t safe enough for you to live inside anymore; you wanted something secure — something without a leaky roof and a broken staircase. but you weren’t talking about the house, were you?
i wanted you as you were; broken and maybe a little stubborn, but you wanted something (someone) new. and i stare at my abandoned home and wish i could still feel your presence around, while your footsteps indent new floorboards and you fuck someone else against your staircase.
i hope she’s warm enough for you.
i hope you’re never cold.
i hope your house, your home, never collapses on you.
i hope you feel secure and safe while her lips wrap around you, and you pretend like you can’t feel the emptiness that you’re bathing in.
you always end up missing your old house, in the end.
i hate you (i don’t mean it)
the last night i spoke to you, you told me to meet you in the yard
and i waited
and i waited
and i waited
and i’m still
i want to indent myself in you, make a mark that’s so deep inside of your skin that it becomes a permanent scar. i want to be the girl you think of when you hear that song and when you move on, if she ever plays it, i want to be the reason you make her change it. i want the next girl to unintentionally feel like borrowed bedsheets instead of brand new ones, because you’re still so encompassed by the memory of me, you’ll struggle to hide it. everything will be mine. that song is mine. and writing is mine. dancing in our underwear to that record on vinyl is mine. three a.m drives are mine. that book is mine. that band is mine. those mugs, that quote, that artwork, it’s all mine, to you. i want everything you think of to be inked with memories, so much so that nothing she does will surprise or impress you, because it’ll already be done before. i want to be engraved into your memory, to the point i’m all you can remember.
you are the calm before the storm
the late night silence
the taste of a sugar cube on the tongue.
you are nostalgia and the bitter taste after a cigarette, but the inhalation before it.
you’re 11:11 wishes and the feeling of euphoria,
that moment when your hand is clutched so tightly with theirs and you’re waiting, waiting and waiting for your favourite band to take the stage. the anxiety and excitement leading up to that final moment.
you’re the feeling of “home” even just for a little while.
you’re ink stained fingers after writing all night and four a.m coffees.
you’re unmade bedsheets
snowflakes when they fall on your eyelashes
the needle hitting your favourite album on vinyl and the crackling before the first song starts,
dancing in your underwear at two a.m
falling asleep to the pitter patter of rain against your roof and bedroom window
soft traces down your back, across your hips,
you are the moment when the sun is setting and the sky is swallowed by different hues of oranges, reds and baby pinks.
the early spring mornings when the air still has a crisp chill to it, but you can still smell the blooming flowers and freshly cut grass.
you’re the water that encompasses me as i sink down into my midnight bath, willing the cold air around me to dissipate.
you’re the swell in my chest when i see an arrangement of stars in the sky that are so beautiful they take my breath away
you’re midnight drives in summer with my favourite song blasting through the speakers and my arm out the window, flowing with the wind,
but more than that
you’re the laughter that comes along with moments of pure joy, and love, and light.
you’re the moments in life i cherish and the feelings that sink deep into my bones. you’ve made your way into every memory of mine, every favourite i have.
you’re the feeling of falling in love. and i have.