Carrie Rudzinski - “In America” (WoWPS 2014)
"In America, we are taught to scream the word ‘FIRE’ if being assaulted, because no one will help us if we yell ‘RAPE.’ “
Performing at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Carrie placed 4th overall in the tournament.
Ken Arkind - “God Box” (CUPSI 2014)
"Could you make this wheelchair feel like my father’s shoulders? Invent a makeup that prevents the bruises, instead of just covering them up?"
A haunting, powerful performance from the Penmanship Books Reading at CUPSI 2014. Buy Ken’s book here.
"if we were created in your own image, then how can you stand the sight of yourself"
— (via thewinterwriter)
— "Norwegian Wood" by Haruki Murakami (via bottles-of-beer)
She is not “my girl.”
She belongs to herself. And I am blessed, for with all her freedom, she still comes back to me, moment-to-moment, day-by-day, and night-by-night.
How much more blessed can I be?"
— Avraham Chaim, Thoughts after The Alchemist (via barbieandken)
I promise you that I meant it all. I know we agreed a long time ago that promises meant nothing and only just hurt us in the end, and this one is no different. It means nothing, it changes nothing, and it hurts knowing this. I imagine it always will.
Had our circumstances been different,
had we loved each other in the right time zones,
I would have loved you in every lifetime after this one. I think I still might. I think maybe this one just wasn’t it.
I had hoped, though, God, had I hoped it was this one.
Every time I have faced heartbreak, they have always told me that I will find better.
I will not find better. I will only find closer. I will only find different. Even if I find myself, I will still be lacking you.
You are God. Remember this.
Remember this when it aches. You are God and
I’ve never loved another more than I have loved your lack of divinity and your presence of vulnerability.
I am frightened I made a mistake, but more so frightened that I will never be able to hold your hand. I love you and I am looking back. This is important. I have never looked back before. I love you and I am looking back. Please know that I was just not able to be brave. Please know that if you were standing right here, in front of me, I would want to discover infinity all over again.
Please know it is selfish of me to miss you this way, when I am the one who sent you away.
I think love still needs some repairs and you and I just got lost in the cracks. I would not have chosen anyone else but you. I miss you and that is such a heavy phrase to say into a place that you cannot respond."
otters hold hands when they fall asleep,
so that they do not ever drift away from one another.
we used to joke about being reincarnated
as otters in our next life,
so we would never have to be away from one another.
I think even if we came back as atoms,
destined to be together, to form and move
you’d still find some way to leave me.
— Sarah Dessen (via psych-facts)
I got a long list of your sins
There’s a word you may have heard of
Called payback and I’m runnin’ out of pins"
— Ida Maria (via sirubia2205)
- “Your flaws are perfect for the heart that is meant to love you.”— (via iamcharliesangel)
- “What I have with you, I don’t want with anyone else.”— Unknown (via starteddancing-sexualromancing)
- “If you stay, I’ll do whatever you want. I’ll quit the band, go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I’ll do that, too. I was talking...”