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“You’re a coward,“ he whispers. "You want to be with me and it terrifies you. And you’re ashamed,” he says. “Ashamed you could ever want someone like me. Aren’t you?” He drops his gaze and his nose grazes mine and I can almost count the millimeters between our lips. I’m struggling to focus, trying to remember that I’m mad at him, mad about something, but his mouth is right in front of mine and my mind can’t stop trying to figure out how to shove aside the space between us. 

“You want me,” he says softly, his hands moving up my back, “And it’s killing you.”

~ Tahereh Mafi


Alex Dang - “I Will Always Love H.E.R.”

“Hip hop has everything to do with everything. She doesn’t need to be defended, she doesn’t need to explain herself.”

Performing during the Button showcase at the 2014 National Poetry Slam. Subscribe to Button on YouTube!