• magnets commented on the post, recommendation 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    “There’s nothing you can say,” he says, looking at me with aching eyes, and I watch them like television screens. I see thirty-five years of unhappiness. Thirty-five years of mundane afternoons and lonely nights. Of under-achievement, unrequited love, anxiety attacks. The vague possibility of contentment that’s hovered over his head for so long…[Read more]

  • magnets commented on the post, charging 1 month ago

    His fingers tremble slightly as they hover over the keys, and I know it has nothing to do with cold or fear. It’s the anticipation. I know it well. I can see the outline of a thousand minuscule gears whir rapidly inside his skull, and watch as his fingertips tap idly at nothing. Practicing with the air. Warming up. Waiting for that buzz of energy…[Read more]

  • magnets commented on the post, nose 1 month ago

    She holds him close and lets him leak saltwater into her skin, and the roots of her hair smell like home. Like northwestern air and secondhand cigarette smoke and the dried lavender she keeps in her room to help her sleep. She holds him close, lets him stain her coat with mumbled words and sheepish shame, and the soothing words she whispers into…[Read more]

  • magnets commented on the post, logos 1 month, 1 week ago

    The first thing you notice about her is that she’s like something out of a John Hughes movie. Pom pom earrings. Slick leather jackets. Coca Cola patches on acid washed jeans and cartoon characters on tennis shoe laces. Oversized T-shirts. Nintendo. Rush. Back to the Future. MTV on a pastel baseball cap. Political pins on a distressed denim vest.…[Read more]

  • magnets commented on the post, weaker 1 month, 1 week ago

    Halt my heart with those eyes. This feels like a medical condition. You pull the strength from my knees and the air from my lungs. You’re everything Julie Andrews sings about. And maybe someday, if I’m lucky, I’ll find someone who looks at me the way I look at you.

  • magnets commented on the post, strengthen 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    He was always too aware of his own heartbeat. It used to daunt him. Haunt him. But today, his footsteps match the rhythm. His lungs contribute to the symphony. The morning air sings back. Today, his bathwater is clear. His dishes are clean. He enjoys music again, and food, and being awake. He looks both ways before he crosses the street, and he…[Read more]

  • magnets commented on the post, underway 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    He can hold his liquor but he can’t hold his tongue. Things are going to change, he tells me. Things are going to get better. I’m gonna do big things, man. I’m gonna make a difference. His voice rings out like a song and his smile is sure. But his eyes ache. Eyes so young, while the rest of his body nears its third quarter of a century. And how…[Read more]

  • magnets commented on the post, boys 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Cluttering your thought bubbles. Circling around your head, like cartoon birds. The only thing he’s ever forced on you is his jacket. And as each night ends and you wait for your blood to cool, you try to convince yourself that it’s just the hormones and afterglow that make you want to tell him you love him.

  • magnets commented on the post, minerals 2 months ago

    You, with your zircon eyes. Your tourmaline lips. Your heart of iron. You, with your detrimental existential views. Hard as diamond and twice as sharp. Solid, but softening. Crumbling. You’re beginning to crack, and it’s because of this that the light might someday shine through you.

  • magnets commented on the post, mammals 2 months ago

    It’s impossible to believe you are an organic creation. You’re walking sunshine. I can’t prove that humans were once thrown together from the residue of what once made up stars, or if we truly were handcrafted in the image of someone called God, but you can. You make me believe in both. You are cosmic. You are phenomena. When you step outside and…[Read more]

  • magnets commented on the post, dense 2 months ago

    His steps are like a wagon with square wheels. His stomach feels full, like he’d eaten himself sick, and his tongue is suddenly too large for his mouth. Every swallow is a struggle. And his heart is so uncomfortably swollen in his chest—so solid and firm against his rib cage—he thinks if he were to tug his collar and peer down his shirt, he mig…[Read more]

  • magnets commented on the post, concept 2 months, 1 week ago

    I often wonder if the reason I’m so unhappy is that I don’t write enough poetry or frequent enough coffee shops or eat enough kale or kiss enough strangers, like all the other writers always seem to be doing.

    Alternatively, maybe I’m just a piece of shit.

  • magnets commented on the post, gypsy 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    She’s been to Paris, she tells me. She’s been to Dubai. She roamed the streets of Bangkok, got sunburnt in Cairo, learned to dance in Madrid. She stood before Christ the Redeemer and St. Basil’s Cathedral and was too stunned to even lift a camera. She’s seen four of the seven wonders of the world, and still she chooses to tell me that I am the…[Read more]

  • magnets commented on the post, vocal 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    I want the fire in my veins to break the ice. I want to connect. I want to be heard. I want to be undaunted by humans. I want to see myself mirrored in the faces of others, and I want to learn to love both.

  • magnets commented on the post, station 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    This place isn’t your home. These people aren’t your friends. High school sucked so much of your light away and the military took what was left. Your smile was stolen from you. But that’s okay; it was a crooked one anyway. You can find a new one. Or you can borrow someone else’s for awhile, till you find your own. Just because you were born here…[Read more]

  • magnets commented on the post, conditions 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    The stars hang suspended in the universe and he’s beginning to wonder if maybe he does, too. He forced a laugh when his neighbor told him good morning this afternoon. He walks close to the curb like he’s waiting for something. He avoids train tracks and balconies and his local pharmacy. He keeps his hands buried into his pockets up to the…[Read more]

  • magnets commented on the post, glamour 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    She sits on the curb and the rain is the sequins on her coat. It’s her lip gloss, her hair gel. There is no mascara to run, but there are freckles to muddle. Dimples to fill. It makes her fingernails shimmer and her complexion glow. It flashes in the streetlights. It sparkles in the low-hanging blood-coloured sun. But it’s nothing compared to her eyes.

  • magnets commented on the post, defend 3 months ago

    You only burn bridges because you think it will keep you warm. You think that this makes you your own hero. And you can be—but not like this. You weren’t made to work twelve-hour shifts and be alone. You were made to be spoken to. You were made to be heard. And even though the monsters in your closet are only skeletons, they still keep you up at n…[Read more]

  • magnets commented on the post, stitches 3 months ago

    You refuse to let your thoughts bleed because you’re worried you might stain the carpet. You can, though; I don’t mind. And when you’re through I’ll carefully suture your wounds with the thread of my words and remind you how strong you are for holding yourself together through all of this. Then we can watch them heal into scars together. Scars…[Read more]