i am vanilla chai in a mug that tells you im a plant person, fresh bought from target, only two or three or four hours ago, i am dirty fingernails, and chipped paint, and and split ends with blond streaks, because thats how much the sun loves me and i buy conditioner, but i dont use it because it takes too much time. i never understood people who took long showers, but i will sit in the bath with tea or breakfast and even then, the water gets cold or i get too sweaty, and whats the point then, of being clean, if you are leaking salt water from your pores, so i get out, and sometimes i sit on the toilet lid, contemplating life and scrolling through my phone and i wonder if i am depressed again or if i'm just doing this because i'm weird like that. i am running, when your knees burn because i dont drink enough water, but the endorphins make me forget that i've been sad, so i keep going and i know how far it is to the car wash and to the fire department, and to the end of the sidewalk; smells like laundry detergent in front of the laundromat, which is the sort of thing you'd expect, and the stench of grease and garlic bread turns your insides queasy by the pizza place. im dancing in the kitchen, baking something it could be bread or cookies or cupcakes and probably i had to google some kind of substitution how do you make whole milk from powdered skim? it calls for a teaspon of vanilla. i give it a tablespoon. maybe two. or three. causes thats what my mama does. except she just pours in it til it feels right. except shes not my mama, that's a long story. im the color yellow. yellow flowers at the supermarket, 4.99 because you saw them and you thought of me, yellow dresses, yellow mugs, yellow teeth sometimes if i drink too much coffee, maybe thats why they don't like me. yellow is the color of the sun and happiness, and if my soul is any color, i hope it's yellow. i am coffee on the deck looking out; mountains whispering to me from the clouds, trees calling my name, while my lover sleeps close by; i am loneliness that weighs more that my weighted blanket but isn't at all comforting; tastes like the inside of a cup that wasn't rinsed all the way, it's bitter and chemical and the taste makes you scrunch your face, and sometimes you rinse it out with a hundred dating apps, swipe, swipe, swipe - and sometimes you just chug it down because i'd rather be bitter than give up the tea, i am vanilla chai, in a mug, that tells you i'm a plant person.
i did it again today. i tiptoed into the unknown, danced softly into the wild of something new and precarious. i took the sunshine in my hands and brought it home with me, for a while, just for a while. and so even if it rains, it's supposed to rain tomorrow, i will still have the memory.
you said, maybe you should find a boyfriend. except, i don't want a boyfriend. i want yellow flowers, from the grocery store just because. just because you saw them, and thought of me. i want mountains, sweat and earth and sun, or maybe the stinging cold of the rain, and the wind whispering our names. i want warm nights, too warm for anything other than sweet, sweet skin. i want to drown so slowly in the depths of you that i never knew i was under water. i want a lot of things, soft things, wild th things, but i do not want a boyfriend.
you are like a stoplight, stuck on yellow, and i never know if i am supposed to stop, should i stop, is there time for that? or should i press the gas to the floor? i dont know how to navigate you, like a back road, gravel and rutted with no map and no sense of direction. hot one minute, cold the next, like the new weather brought by climate change
i wanted to show you my plants, my tiny little seedlings i grew, leggy green things with tiny leaves, birthed in dirt in tiny cups and plastic wrap from sunshine and seeds, right in my kitchen window. i wanted to show you, to see you smile, with you head cocked to the side laughter in your eyes, "that's nice, real nice. you did good!" i can hear it in my head, but you said, why can't you send a picture? and my heart just aches. i just wanted to show you my plants, baby watermelons and cantaloupes, and beans, and sunflowers.
its a red wine midnight, and i am listening to the wsh, wsh, wsh of water swirling through the dishwasher sitting at my table, trying to figure out, how to love less loudly, differently, but i do not know how and perhaps i do not really want to be different. i am whole. multiplying fish and loaves. and it's okay, to be that way, even if it makes you ache inside, sometimes.
you are 4 minutes away and it feels like 4 millions miles like maybe you are the sun and i am the moon and your light illuminates me but i cant touch you, even though my fingers feel your phantom skin and it makes my heart ache so much for you. just let me love you. let me love you.
its like standing in times square and you're taking off your layers, peeling away bits of you like an onion heavy coat, tossed near the gutter there are your socks, one left, one right shoes scattered to the wayside pants folded neatly, why are they folded? and there you are, naked and anxious and your throat is in your stomach but you can't breath because its closed surely it's closed. where is the oxygen why are you naked? why is everyone looking? this is what it feels like to unzip your soul.
you say to me, why do you do this thing to bring me happiness, tell me, what is the price i cannot find a way to tell you that it is an act of love. i just want to sit with you sipping my tea and reading my book, and love you until we are nothing but ashes and dust, aged to refininement. let me love you.
i dont know her name but i know i hate her. i hate what she did to you, turning you into the tin man, with no heart to share with anyone.