Not for Me
If "love at first sight" was real, I would've been in love thousands of times. I can fall into "like" very easily. I can see the beauty of a smile, a laugh and want to wrap myself around that beauty for awhile. But it never seems to withstand that test of time people talk about.
And I don't claim to know much.
I just know where I've been and how I got there and "Love" in all its many faces really showed me my own flawed humanity.
I have fallen for many pretty faces and I have come to realize it was never love. And those faces still remained beautiful even as they broke my heart.
I will admit I wanted to believe that "love at first sight" was real, because I have heard many a story about such a love. I think that if it is real, it is not real for me.
Now, I look to a person's hands and what they do with them. Do they build others up? Give as good as they get? Do they hold onto you when you need steadiness in your shaky world?
I do not look at just the sight of a person, I look at the action of that person as well. To me, that is more insightful then any first sight I "think" is love.
Songbird Named Hope
I spoke with a bird
who had known the world,
before I even knew there was a world to know.
The bird flying swiftly from the moon to Earth
perched itself on a tree near my bedroom window.
Now, I knew what dreams were and I had known the bite of Life’s nightmares;
but I never experienced the beauty of a dream in sleep.
The bird came to me
and sang low and sweet.
Waking me to a song I had never heard before.
Because if I had heard this song,
I would have gone to bed singing.
Not a song from my mouth.
A song from a body that holds a soul,
a soul awakened.
It was a song so sweet that I did not merely feel happy. I felt altogether more. As if my body opened up, needing to be a part of the world beyond my bedroom walls.
I asked the bird, “How do you sing a song so sweet, when you've seen the very worst of the world?”
The bird, before flying away to see the world yet again, sang to me,
“Because I have also seen the very BEST of it. And ‘Hope is the thing with feathers…’ remember that, little one.”
I went to bed that night, and I dreamed for the first time in my whole life.
And it was filled with feathers, and it was filled with songs,
but most of all it was filled with Hope.
--Quote from Emily Dickinson's poem "Hope is the thing with feathers (254)"
She only reaps when it is fertile,
only takes when there is enough.
Today she is overflowing
with a white, hot anger.
If she bottled it all up,
she could burn the whole world to the ground.
If only with her stare.
Those blue, diamond eyes that want to suffocate all of the light,
that want to blacken the soil with char and sulfur.
Resurrect her past offenders and fucking b r e a k them.
With her bare hands.
Her eyes a bloodthirsty cobalt, as hard as glass, and thirsty for blood.
She wants to rip them limb from limb.
Today, is the reaping.
She will meet those murderers of her past and present life, chrome .45 in hand,
staring down that barrel of death saying the last words they'll ever hear...
"Today, you die.”
What I wish I felt:
I walk into rooms, warrior, as if I know they will collapse when I leave.
As if they know this is one they cannot collapse on.
I look at my place in the world and see how I give to the greater good.
I wonder who is worthy to walk with me on my journey through life.
I know I am worthy of good things, good people, love.
And in my dreams the world greets me and shows all of the splendor there is:
a girl with big eyes and a hopeful heart.
What I actually feel right now:
I walk into rooms as if no trace of me will be there once I leave.
As if the walls will shrink towards this girl who doesn’t know she shines.
I look at my place in the world and only see what I take from its goodness.
I wonder if I will ever be worthy of someone to walk with me on my journey through life.
I know that I wonder whether I am capable of good things, of good people, of love.
And in my dreams there is a found love for myself that only sometimes comes to visit.
I walked into my school and swiped my badge,
a burning in my head.
I slow dance next to the m u n d a n e.
I work with the little ones and tell them the secret of coping with your emotions.
They don't need to know that I struggle with this too. But I still do.
I tell them adults cry, I tell them and show them that wounds can talk.
Now you might be thinking, "
Anna are you airing out your grown up thoughts to little kindergarteners?"
The answer is: yes and mostly no
I say it like I'm describing another person. That even adults can cry and not understand why, that even adults can read their limit.
Then I go home and I wonder, "Is this what I want to do for the rest of my life?
I get that guilt that can sometimes occur when working in a Social Services job:
Asking myself, "Am I making a difference, what am I hoping to achieve does this work even matter?"
The short and long answer are: yes it matters, no you might not see the long term effects, but you are doing enough.
And I know this. I. know. this.
But I still wonder what am I doing for myself? Am I doing enough for me?
So my life is a series of questions at the moment. I am trying very hard to find the answer-between my ears, between my heart and my lungs, "What makes me catch my breath with joy, fear, or passion? What makes Anna ALIVE?"
So that is me right now. A detective picking up breadcrumbs on the journey for more.
It will never end, but right now the road seems to be flat and long with no rest stops.
So I guess I will have to learn how to set up camp, find a way to make time for me.
That is me right now :)
Ya Girl is Back
YA GIRL IS BACK!!! I am finally coming back on the grid, and by that I mean I will still be woefully ignorant of pop culture but I have cell reception. I needed this time. Like I REALLY needed this: to figure my shit out, to feel like myself again, and to hear my own voice in my head instead of all of the voices I believed knew better than me. How wrong I was. I love you all and appreciate your support even if ya'll thought I had lost my mind.
To be completely fair: I had, but I am close to finding it once more.
And don't worry you will all be seeing my finished novel soon. And sorry for my essay text but you guys now how I roll. Anna outtttt -love ya dear ones :)
What do you do
when your feelings
are as big as the sky?
To be stretched
and shone brightly amongst the eyes of God.
to laugh the devil in the face and
become fearless of fate.
That fate never stood a chance against you.
You, the master of your soul and
the captain amongst all captains.
Conquering dragons in your sleep
with talons of menacing nightmares
licking at your heels.
You laugh in the face of fear.
Only hopes of tomorrow are you filled with.
antidote to war
and bringer of peace,
mightily wield power
you know not of.
Hell is Her
There is a broken thread in the spools of blue that gathered at the base of her jacket. She saw all that was to unravel and felt unglued from the human she once was. In an instant, she became a scarecrow, a clown of the field. But this is no clown of God, no martyr to offer herself to the God of her ancestors.
No, she became the laughing stock, guarding crops that you did not even attempt to sow. The ones you so carelessly planted with false seeds in minds so fertile as to accept the fecal dribble you let sore from your mouth.
So when she says “I hate you,” she means you have made her into that spineless scarecrow who cannot protect that fucking field she never wanted in the first place. She hates you for making her into a person she never knew could exist, let alone become.
So when the world remembers her, she will gouge out her button eyes and sewn-on smile, to forget and never see the limp existence of a woman hell bent on never knowing herself.
Do not ask after her again.
(Allusion to Tomie dePaola’s “The Clown of God” children’s story)
Trigger Warning* of sexual violence* The Aftermath
I think I have grown until I am confronted in all the ways my rapist has created a stagnant 16 year old in me. A woman too scared to say anything that would bring disapproval to their eyes. I think I can have a fling until I am again confronted with all the ways I am not equipped for the aftermath. Myself. I wanted it until at moments I didn’t. I didn’t like that he choked me -at certain points it was too hard. Why didn’t I say anything? Because inwardly I was freaking out. Sometimes he went too hard. He didn’t try to build it up, he just tried to create it in a day.
I think I am better at navigating relationships but the passionate woman in me and the survivor are at odds it seems. Both should have a voice, but I do not know how to let them share the stage.
I wish I had said, “Don’t do that. Too hard, please be more gentle.” Instead I stayed silent.
And the gears start to click and grind and the old warped/ thinking begins to enter into my mind once again.
"Maybe this is all you deserve..."
And I go to sleep thinking of all the ways I have failed only to wake up and remember that the nightmare was real and the only monster in my mind is... me.
I can’t help but love you.
My thoughts echo;
dangerously and anxiously
climbing from my mouth
before I can take them back.
What will you do if you lose him?
with teeth in stomach
biting acid until air arrives.
Love loud with no words,
etching my heart on giving trees,
until there are stumps left of my love.
Until I burned it to the ground.
Leave the house in cinders,
walk away clean.