there is a loneliness in this world so great
that you can see it in the slow movement of
the hands of a clock.
people so tired
either by love or no love.
people just are not good to each other
one on one.
the rich are not good to the rich
the poor are not good to the poor.
we are afraid.
our educational system tells us
that we can all be
it hasn’t told us
about the gutters
or the suicides.
or the terror of one person
aching in one place
watering a plant.” —Charles Bukowski, “The Crunch” (via larmoyante)
lost, astray, wrong, insane
All booze is just a sleeping pill now,
I close my eyes. Love.
You taste like someone waving.
I try and drink away the thing in my brain
that makes me wish these lines
are really what I feel.
Sometimes living is a swiss bliss
and sometimes it’s a rot popsicle.
The difference between bad living and bad loving
is a slipped keystroke.
There is no room in our hearts
for the dead, though we often imagine that there is,
or wish it to be so,
to preserve them in our warmth,
our sweet darkness, where their fists
might beat at the soft contours of our love.
And though we might like to think
that they would call out to us, they could never do so,
being there. They would never dare to speak,
lest their mouths, our names, fill
quietly with blood.
We carry the dead in our hands
as we might carry water - with a careful,
There is no other way.
How easily, how easily their faces spill.” —John Glenday (via rarararambles)
As it invents myself.
What has been lived
blurs with today.” —Octavio Paz, from “Preparatory Exercise” in A Tree Within, trans. Eliot Weinberger (New Directions, 1988)
“But would you kindly ponder this question: What would your good do if evil didn’t exist, and what would the earth look like if all the shadows disappeared? After all, shadows are cast by things and people. Here is the shadow of my sword. But shadows also come from trees and living beings. Do you want to strip the earth of all trees and living things just because of your fantasy of enjoying naked light? You’re stupid.”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita
Things getting an abortion does not make you:
- A slut
- A whore
- A murderer
- A sinner
- A baby hater
Things getting an abortion does make you:
- Not pregnant
do not scream from the rooftops
leave the birds alone
leave me in peace to!
If you want me,
must be very slowly, loved one,
that life is short, and love even more soon…” —Mario Quintana (via art-and-fury)
I sometimes feel like I’m trapped in a glass box. Y’know, kicking and screaming and pounding my fists, almost to the point of tears.
And yet my facial expression never changes. The face on the outside.
What’s worse, is there doesn’t seem to be a cause. Just some slimy sickness trickling from my spine to my finger tips.
tacking up snapshots
of all the people
who’ve gotten lost
in your corridors.” —Jeffrey McDaniel (via rarararambles)
you will drift as I do
from head to head
swollen with words you never said,
swollen with hoarded love.
i exist in two places,
here and where you are.
pray for me
not as I am but as I am.