poem 88

haunted. my skin is like a house with walls that crawl with uneasy ghosts – your touch still lives with me, slithering into the spaces between my fingers where your hands used to be. i never knew something that wasn’t there could hurt so badly.

raking over old coals only brings more heat to the surface, more burning under the scars i thought had healed. i claw at them to stop the madness, but they only gape wider. and still, they burn.

in the rain, they ache like my bones are cracking apart in my body. the chill you left with your wintery goodbye seeps through to the core, leaving me almost numb. almost.

it’s like a part of me is gone but still there. i can feel your fingers and smell your cologne, and it’s like you never left, except when i reach for you, you’re not there. a faint swirl of smoke, the echo of your smile, and nothing more.

some things never rest peacefully.

—  phantom pains / abby, day 88

I used to always wonder if I 
was the root of every causality, if I was the perpetrator of anger, of sorrow, of hatred. 
I used to believe that correlation and coincidence equaled 
causation, that a knife through the lung 
meant I deserved it. 

But I met you, and I realized that 
sometimes people don’t need a reason to 
drive a stake through your heart, sometimes they don't 
need a reason to push you off 
the cliff. 

Bullies aren’t bullies because they had 
awful childhoods and low 
self esteem issues. 
Bullies exist because sometimes, 
people are mean. 

People try to hurt you in the worst way possible, 
make you feel like shit because you care 
so much,
so so much,
but they could give a stranger more 
kindness than they gave you.

Sometimes there’s just not a reason, 
no matter how hard you look.

The opposite of love isn’t hatred. 
It’s indifference.

—  Poem #11 // E.Z. (365 Poems for 365 Days)

Poem Eighty-Eight | After one brief night…

難波江の Naniwa-e no
芦のかりねの Ashi no karine no
一夜ゆへ Hitoyo yue

身をつくしてや Mi wo tsukushite ya
恋わたるべき Koi wataru beki