You Said the Earth was Ours

I said I would follow
you anywhere.
But you didn’t say
you would lead.
Now I’m floating like lead-
at the bottom
of the pool of tears.
My heart has tears-
Tattered layers of red
romance like the sea.
You said we are bigger than the earth-
we can control the planet.
You said one day you would be
a giant-
Walking among us.
You were lying-
we are ants on the tip of a needle
scrambling for balance.
You can’t part the Red Sea
like I can’t part your heart.
I’ve walked around the earth
thousands of times in my mind,
watching the soles of your feet
hit the ground
the same way lightning strikes.
I never imagined vines would grow
from the bottoms of my feet
deep into the earth
and your footsteps
reverberated farther
and farther
away.

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Don’t Call Me Pretty

Beautiful-
too many vowels
too many meanings
too many times said.
Call me beautiful
and ill doubt you forever.
Call me something striking-
call me Terrible
like Ivan
it means great, terrifying-
magnificent.
I want to be awe-inspiring
like an indrawn
Breath
at one of the seven wonders.
Call me horrifying
because I can use a chainsaw
to tear your heart
in two.
I want to be called vicious,
mind-numbing violence
like the lion
right before he strikes.
Raw and real
and ruled by instinct.
Don’t call me wild,
like a drunk teenage girl
on prom night.
Call me untamable-
Swaying in the wind,
bending with the currents.
Give me all your adjectives
all the disgusting English language.
Because I am a wreck,
an animal,
a conquerer,
a dictator
and I don’t need to be called
beautiful to be any of it.

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