do you want to build a snowman

I want you to tell me about every person you’ve ever been in love with. Tell me why you loved them,
then tell me why they loved you.

Tell me about a day in your life you didn’t think you’d live through.
Tell me what the word home means to you
and tell me in a way that I’ll know your mother’s name
just by the way you describe your bedroom
when you were eight.

See, I want to know the first time you felt the weight of hate,
and if that day still trembles beneath your bones.

Do you prefer to play in puddles of rain
or bounce in the bellies of snow?
And if you were to build a snowman,
would you rip two branches from a tree to build your snowman arms
or would leave your snowman armless
for the sake of being harmless to the tree?
And if you would,
would you notice how that tree weeps for you
because your snowman has no arms to hug you
every time you kiss him on the cheek?

Do you kiss your friends on the cheek?
Do you sleep beside them when they’re sad
even if it makes your lover mad?
Do you think that anger is a sincere emotion
or just the timid motion of a fragile heart trying to beat away its pain?

See, I wanna know what you think of your first name,
and if you often lie awake at night and imagine your mother’s joy
when she spoke it for the very first time.

I want you to tell me all the ways you’ve been unkind.
Tell me all the ways you’ve been cruel.
Tell me, knowing I often picture Gandhi at ten years old
beating up little boys at school.

If you were walking by a chemical plant
where smokestacks were filling the sky with dark black clouds
would you holler “Poison! Poison! Poison!” really loud
or would you whisper
“That cloud looks like a fish,
and that cloud looks like a fairy!”

Do you believe that Mary was really a virgin?
Do you believe that Moses really parted the sea?
And if you don’t believe in miracles, tell me —
how would you explain the miracle of my life to me?

See, I wanna know if you believe in any god
or if you believe in many gods
or better yet
what gods believe in you.
And for all the times that you’ve knelt before the temple of yourself,
have the prayers you asked come true?
And if they didn’t, did you feel denied?
And if you felt denied,
denied by who?

I wanna know what you see when you look in the mirror
on a day you’re feeling good.
I wanna know what you see when you look in the mirror
on a day you’re feeling bad.
I wanna know the first person who taught you your beauty
could ever be reflected on a lousy piece of glass.

If you ever reach enlightenment
will you remember how to laugh?

Have you ever been a song?
Would you think less of me
if I told you I’ve lived my entire life a little off-key?
And I’m not nearly as smart as my poetry
I just plagiarize the thoughts of the people around me
who have learned the wisdom of silence.

Do you believe that concrete perpetuates violence?
And if you do —
I want you to tell me of a meadow
where my skateboard will soar.

See, I wanna know more than what you do for a living.
I wanna know how much of your life you spend just giving,
and if you love yourself enough to also receive sometimes.
I wanna know if you bleed sometimes
from other people’s wounds,
and if you dream sometimes
that this life is just a balloon —
that if you wanted to, you could pop,
but you never would
‘cause you’d never want it to stop.

If a tree fell in the forest
and you were the only one there to hear —
if its fall to the ground didn’t make a sound,
would you panic in fear that you didn’t exist,
or would you bask in the bliss of your nothingness?

And lastly, let me ask you this:

If you and I went for a walk
and the entire walk, we didn’t talk —
do you think eventually, we’d… kiss?

No, wait.
That’s asking too much —
after all,
this is only our first date.
—  Andrea Gibson

“I want you to tell me about every person you’ve ever been in love with.
Tell me why you loved them,
then tell me why they loved you.

Tell me about a day in your life you didn’t think you’d live through.
Tell me what the word home means to you
and tell me in a way that I’ll know your mother’s name
just by the way you describe your bedroom
when you were eight.

See, I want to know the first time you felt the weight of hate,
and if that day still trembles beneath your bones.

Do you prefer to play in puddles of rain
or bounce in the bellies of snow?
And if you were to build a snowman,
would you rip two branches from a tree to build your snowman arms
or would leave your snowman armless
for the sake of being harmless to the tree?
And if you would,
would you notice how that tree weeps for you
because your snowman has no arms to hug you
every time you kiss him on the cheek?

Do you kiss your friends on the cheek?
Do you sleep beside them when they’re sad
even if it makes your lover mad?
Do you think that anger is a sincere emotion
or just the timid motion of a fragile heart trying to beat away its pain?

See, I wanna know what you think of your first name,
and if you often lie awake at night and imagine your mother’s joy
when she spoke it for the very first time.

I want you to tell me all the ways you’ve been unkind.
Tell me all the ways you’ve been cruel.
Tell me, knowing I often picture Gandhi at ten years old
beating up little boys at school.

If you were walking by a chemical plant
where smokestacks were filling the sky with dark black clouds
would you holler “Poison! Poison! Poison!” really loud
or would you whisper
“That cloud looks like a fish,
and that cloud looks like a fairy!”

Do you believe that Mary was really a virgin?
Do you believe that Moses really parted the sea?
And if you don’t believe in miracles, tell me —
how would you explain the miracle of my life to me?

See, I wanna know if you believe in any god
or if you believe in many gods
or better yet
what gods believe in you.
And for all the times that you’ve knelt before the temple of yourself,
have the prayers you asked come true?
And if they didn’t, did you feel denied?
And if you felt denied,
denied by who?

I wanna know what you see when you look in the mirror
on a day you’re feeling good.
I wanna know what you see when you look in the mirror
on a day you’re feeling bad.
I wanna know the first person who taught you your beauty
could ever be reflected on a lousy piece of glass.

If you ever reach enlightenment
will you remember how to laugh?

Have you ever been a song?
Would you think less of me
if I told you I’ve lived my entire life a little off-key?
And I’m not nearly as smart as my poetry
I just plagiarize the thoughts of the people around me
who have learned the wisdom of silence.

Do you believe that concrete perpetuates violence?
And if you do —
I want you to tell me of a meadow
where my skateboard will soar.

See, I wanna know more than what you do for a living.
I wanna know how much of your life you spend just giving,
and if you love yourself enough to also receive sometimes.
I wanna know if you bleed sometimes
from other people’s wounds,
and if you dream sometimes
that this life is just a balloon —
that if you wanted to, you could pop,
but you never would
‘cause you’d never want it to stop.

If a tree fell in the forest
and you were the only one there to hear —
if its fall to the ground didn’t make a sound,
would you panic in fear that you didn’t exist,
or would you bask in the bliss of your nothingness?

And lastly, let me ask you this:

If you and I went for a walk
and the entire walk, we didn’t talk —
do you think eventually, we’d… kiss?

No, wait.
That’s asking too much —
after all,
this is only our first date.”

—  Andrea Gibson

My favourite bits of Deadpool 2 (Minor Spoilers)

  • The opening credits: “Cinematography: Blind Al” “Written by: The real villains”
  • Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Yukio being cute lesbians
  • Wade telling Vanessa the reason he was late is that he was fighting a supervillain but then suddenly realised his mom’s name was also Martha
  • Yukio and Deadpool’s super sweet friendship
  • “Dubstep never dies”
  • Wade getting Cable to prove he’s from the future by asking him what the most recent Sharknado film is
  • Colossus’s proud face when Deadpool copies his ‘four or five moments’ speech
  • Negasonic Teenage Warhead’s middle finger when Deadpool copies the ‘four or five moments’ speech
  • Deadpool ending said speech by shooting a paedophile in the head
  • Deadpool telling his team that if everything goes to plan there’ll be no need for a third act
  • The little news clip with the rolling headlines underneath talking about actors who turned down roles in Deadpool 2
  • Dopinder comparing himself to Kirsten Dunst
  • “Hey big guy. The sun’s getting real low.”
  • Russell calling the superhero industry discriminatory because you don’t see any plus-size superheroes
  • ‘Black Black Widow’
  • Every single time Deadpool breaks the fourth wall
  • Wade’s musical Logan figurine
  • The James Bond style opening
  • “Don’t fuck Elvis” “Don’t fuck Colossus”
  • Deadpool grabbing Colossus’s ass after hugging him
  • Wade referring to Cable as having a “winter soldier arm”
  • The Basic Instinct parody scene
  • Wade actually having stashed the cure for blindness under the floorboards next to some cocaine
  • Wade gently singing ‘Do you want to build a snowman?’ to Weasel
  • Weasel stopping Cable mid-monologue to tell him everything he knows without even being tortured
  • “Who are you?” “I’m Batman.”
  • Russell repeatedly standing up to the biggest guy in prison and repeatedly getting punched in the face
  • Terry Crews!
  • Deadpool making fun of the CGI fight between Colossus and Juggernaut
  • “I want our kid to be a boy. Or a girl. Definitely one or the other.”
  • Deadpool wearing a stripper outfit and wig on top of his supersuit
  • Domino and Deadpool politely debating whether or not luck is a superpower
  • Wade complaining that without super powers he’s basically Hawkeye
  • The scene where Domino really needs a bus and one just crashes through the wall
  • Domino’s powers in general
  • Deadpool calling Josh Brolin ‘Thanos’
  • The X-Men cameo
  • The Brad Pitt Cameo
  • The original Deadpool cameo
  • “So dark. You’re sure you’re not from the DC universe?”
  • Deadpool listing his favourite comic issues featuring Juggernaut while Juggernaut picks him up and throws him on a cast iron spiked fence
  • Deadpool shooting Ryan Reynolds in the head to stop him playing Green Lantern
  • “We’re gonna form a super duper fucking group: we need them tough, morally flexible and young enough to carry a franchise for 10-12 years.”
  • Wade signing the mutant kid’s cereal box as Ryan Reynolds
  • Wade pretending he can use Cerebro to see the future
  • Wade: “He’s standing right behind you, isn’t he?”
  • Negasonic Teenage Warhead accusing Deapool of being homophobic
  • Deadpool accusing everyone else of being racist
  • Deadpool making Cable promise not to judge people by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character
  • Deadpool calling the X-Men “an outdated 60s allegory for racism”
  • Deadpool’s X-Man in training T-shirt
  • Everyone correcting Deadpool when he calls himself an X-Man, reminding him he is only a trainee
  • Russell’s pen (hidden in his prison wallet)
  • Wade’s look of mild annoyance as he’s stabbed through the hand with Russell’s pen
  • Deadpool using that guy’s loincloth to wipe blood out of his eye
  • Cable telling Deadpool he reminds him of his wife
  • Wade using his own arm as a garrotte to strangle Cable with
  • Wade wanting to find a planet full of aliens who are worse than humans, so that he can go and be Superman to them
  • Dopinder killing a paedophile with his taxi
Things Dick Grayson has Definitely Done at Some Point

- ordered a Kid’s Meal at McDonald’s for the Nightwing toy

- broke into a zoo just to ride the elephant

- broke down completely at Mufasa’s fall during The Lion King because it reminded him of his parents’ deaths

- took Damian to an ice cream shop while still in their Batman and Robin attire

- won second place at a Nightwing Butt Lookalike competition

- sang Do You Want to Build a Snowman to Jason

- attended Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards despite being a 22 year-old man at the time

- donated $3,000 to a charity because the kitten on the pamphlet looked sad

- ran out of underwear and was forced to wear his old scaly Robin panties

- “borrowed” Barbara’s wheelchair to ride around the skate park

- dedicated an entire day to seeing how many paper clips he could fit into Damian’s hoodie without him noticing (it was 296)

- felt lonely so he rode around on poor Tim’s back for a whole day

- got bored on patrol so he snuck into a stranger’s apartment to watch cartoons

- became the Kim Kardashian of Gotham

- tripped over a peanut and fell into a puddle

- got his mullet caught in a car door

- caught his toaster on fire when he put spaghetti in it

- put glue in his ear to see what would happen

- did his trapeze act at the park to entertain some seven year-olds

- did a performance of Romeo and Juliet with the Titans at a community theater while in their costumes and everything (“Kid Flash, Kid Flash, wherefore art thou Kid Flash?” “What light, through Titan’s Tower breaks? It is the east, and Starfire is the sun”) 

- played Twister for an hour without breaking a sweat

- snowboarded on his hands down a mountain

- sewed sequins onto Bruce’s cape before patrol

- drove to Alabama to pet a dog he saw on TV


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Cold Starters
  • "Here, have my jacket"
  • "Do we have any more blankets?"
  • "I think I/you have frostbite"
  • "You're shivering"
  • "It's not that cold"
  • "Let's get a fire going"
  • "Just think warm thoughts"
  • "We're snowed in"
  • "Do you want to build a snowman?"
  • "Your lips are turning blue"
  • "I can't feel my feet"
  • "Make sure you bring a jacket"
  • "I'm so cold, I can't stop shivering"