all these poems about people leaving and not one
about how I convinced myself to stay.
I know what you want to hear-
that I slayed the dragon and swallowed my demons
and laughed in the face of my nightmares
and lived happily ever after-
but the truth is much more ordinary.
the truth is I breathe through the pain
even on the days it whistles between my ribs
on every inhale and every exhale
and I celebrate like hell on the days it doesn’t make a sound.
—  Fortesa Latifi - the d word is the elephant in the room

The Raven III

I was never insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.

Edgar Allan Poe

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It has to end like this.
The sun swallowing the world
we created and all of our moons
becoming so full on our promises,
we turn into monsters.
I swear I wanted to give you something
better than this.
I wanted to paint the sky you saw in me,
and I wanted it to be the color of you staying.
But you’re a paper kite disappearing
inside of a black hole,
and I can’t follow you into something
that won’t let me back out again.
—  Y.Z, I can’t keep chasing you if it means leaving myself behind

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I started to tell him about my newest read, a teen romance novel which was surprising because that usually isn’t my favorite kind of book. But with this one, I fell in love since the very first page. I said it was because it reminded me of myself and the love I wish I had received back then. And I couldn’t help but relate to all the quotes and the thoughts of the main character because they were the words I could never say aloud, either.

He said, “Wow you sound like such a girl right now. That’s the girliest thing you’ve said.” But I didn’t see what was wrong with it.

I am a girl; I didn’t see the wrongdoing in acting like one. I mean, I didn’t know that finding a part of myself in a character would make me too much of a “girl” or “too girly.” Does it make me somehow sound weak and fragile? What’s wrong with wishing for a little romance in life?

I think it takes courage to fall in love. So many people run from it. Only the strong ones find it in their soul to stay. I don’t think love makes you weak. Love gives you power. Love gives you strength. Love is the one thing that will make you fearless, as if you were never afraid of a damn thing in your life.


A Story A Day #238 by M.D.L