Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and
purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you every where
like a shadow or a friend.

—  Naomi Shihab Nye, The Words Under the Words: Selected Poems (via larmoyante)

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11:37


Fingers crossed: things will get better

Life is not a PG feel-good movie. Real life often ends badly. Literature tries to document this reality, while showing us it is still possible for us to endure nobly.

—  Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook (via quotes-shape-us)

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11:26

adorus:

IS158 (by Tanit | buyitinpacks)

don’t say no to me you can’t say no to me because it’s such a relief to have love again and to lie in a bed and be held and touched and kissed and adored and your heart will leap when you hear my voice and see my smile and feel my breath on your neck and your heart will race when I want to see you and I will lie to you from day one and use you and screw you and break your heart because you broke mine first and you will love me more each day until the weight is unbearable and your life is mine and you’ll die alone because I will take what I want then walk away and owe you nothing it’s always there it’s always been there and you cannot deny the life you feel fuck that life fuck that life fuck that life I have lost you now

—  Sarah Kane, from Crave (via dolorimeter)

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11:15

I only want sex if it’s not going to be intimate

11:14

frankenbee:

propertidy:

Where are you? And im so sorry. I cannot sleep, i cannot dream tonight.

Favorite.

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11:05