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Come as you are
Come as you are
"In your anger and your despair and your glorious, glorious youth
do not discount the idea of soul mates.
Discount the idea of a singular soulmate.
You still have way too much to learn
to be taught by one person. It’s going to take a lot of time.
It’s going to take a lot of long nights
and willing mouths.
And you might
curse the one who teaches you what it feels like
to cry at the bottom of the shower in the middle of the night
but it is important to learn how to get back up on your own feet
and let the wolf in your throat howl at the moon
once in a while.
Spit out the name of the one who teaches you how to let go.
Keep every love note from the one who shows you
how to want yourself only when he stops calling you.
Use them like blueprints when you forget
what it sounds like to ache.
They’re not all gonna be bad. Some of them burn.
Some of them feel like sinking into the heavy belly of the sun
and sure, sure. You never come away from something like that
without a few burn marks
but I promise it’s worth the warmth.
Remember, every time you think you’ve found “the one”,
there’s probably going to be just one more.
And you’re still gonna love every single damn one of them
like they were the most important sucker on the planet.
In this life, you’re going to love like pulling teeth,
(one after another)
and that’s okay.
I promise it’s all right."
"RE: I Thought I Found ‘The One’", Trista Mateer (via
"I do not think you understand what I would give
to have met you at a time in your life
when your skin wasn’t so hard.
You’ve been pulled apart by something,
maybe many somethings.
There are cracks in you and I do not want to
make them deeper; but I do want to
stick my hands in them, knock my teeth against them.
I want to fish hook the corners of your mouth
with my fingers: pull them into a smile and hold it
because my mother always said it would stick that way
and I hope that it does."
"Fish Hook" Trista Mateer
"All my life I have been treated
like a match in the fingers of a child:
burnt out for pleasure
at the slightest inconvenience."
"Burnt Out" Trista Mateer
"I hope one day
somebody loves you
that they see violets
in the bags under your eyes,
sunsets in the downward arch
of your lips
that they recognize you
as something green,
something fresh and still growing
even if sometimes
you are growing sideways
that they do not waste their time
trying to fix you."
"So Much" Trista Mateer
"I said it before (though perhaps with less grace)
and I’ll say it again:
I want to take the messy parts of you in
like small children, like stray dogs.
Kiss them on the mouth, give them a place to stay.
I can’t believe there are bits of you, at your age,
that are still too young to know
that they are worth taking care of.
If you don’t want to look in the mirror, that’s fine.
We will cover every piece of glass in the house.
We will drape sheets across the bathroom walls
and only drink out of coffee mugs;
but I am still going to marvel at the blessing of your face
at my kitchen table."
"like small children, like stray dogs" Trista Mateer
"The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self."
The Dalai Lama (via
"I don’t believe in a God as a person, I believe in godliness as a quality."
"Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth."
"When did this emptiness inside start feeling like home?"
10 Word Poem
" series - #91 (via