• robyn commented on the post, hardly 4 years, 12 months ago

    if we are all just mirrors
    of the places we’ve born witness to,
    then i would still love him for all of it

  • robyn commented on the post, backtrack 5 years, 4 months ago

    two things.

    I. if i loved you any less
    i would still swallow you whole —

    II. that moment when you leaned in near to me
    to say something just as fragile;
    i was too caught up on slowing my heart to pay attention,
    i always miss the important parts

  • robyn commented on the post, stillness 5 years, 4 months ago

    he doesn’t talk to me about the silver lining
    he says, if i don’t know it, he can’t take me there;
    it’s a stillness in the collapsed lungs between our breaths,
    and in the morning when he wakes up beside me
    he pulls a journal from underneath his bed
    writes down last night’s dream
    and doesn’t let me read

    at breakfast he will peel an…[Read more]

  • robyn commented on the post, welcoming 5 years, 5 months ago

    i want to see a plot-driven theory answering the mechanics of the world
    why did you move
    to move
    (stepping over grass, you’ve made the soil too dense for worms to crawl to the surface — every tiny bit of life is given to you from another’s)

  • robyn commented on the post, exactly 5 years, 8 months ago

    she said
    Hell
    is waiting for a definition.
    The in-betweens of
    one woman’s finger’s from the next,
    a man plays music
    by their candle-lit table,
    and they look into each other’s
    eyes and just as all the room starts to sway
    from the jesting of diners
    – pointing with their forks –
    but when they stand up to leave
    (the bill was split)
    it is…[Read more]

  • robyn commented on the post, exactly 5 years, 8 months ago

    nothing comes in as hard or as fast as the asymmetrical wanderlust that accompanies short-range shotguns in the passenger side of a two-door truck whose backseat you had to climb into before 4-a-m or risk being late to a cross-country road trip spurred by an existentialist fear projected onto the limits of geography & even though it’s the closest…[Read more]

  • robyn commented on the post, aperture 5 years, 9 months ago

    the nostalgia of strangers’ photo albums;
    if i were to put something on the coffee table
    for the entertainment of waiting visitors
    i am not sure it would be my childhood

    and i have been coached that domestic success
    will manifest as annual portraits of well-dressed young couples in the holiday season
    but the longest partner i ever held…[Read more]

  • robyn commented on the post, scalp 5 years, 11 months ago

    william puts cigarettes out on the back of his palm;
    forearm tattoo that reads ‘grace’ and bicep that says ‘forever’,
    his step-father was a minister.

    in grade ten he set the janitor’s car on fire
    for molesting the freshman girls,
    he talks about ultimate respect
    and his own inadequacies.

    we both know he thinks too much
    and the hours…[Read more]

  • robyn commented on the post, stamped 5 years, 11 months ago

    this idea of homecoming:
    that after the long end has passed
    you will come to me
    as though i am an identifiable place that can be found, and static, and claimable;
    i would love to map the movement of people
    like constellations,
    if your morning route left traces
    i could see from the sky

    i have been less romantic than this
    but one day…[Read more]

  • robyn commented on the post, scale 5 years, 11 months ago

    he could make my body new in white cloth;
    but i will not stand before a minister for anything, not even for his bearing of witness

    (and so they say, lord, for everything a reason –)
    autumn was for whiskey
    and every shot i took was aimed at your rocky mountain spine,

  • robyn commented on the post, easygoing 5 years, 11 months ago

    shit, didn’t anybody tell you not to look over your shoulder
    (the devil makes you do it)
    so you took the side mirrors off your sedan
    and drove til the cops pulled you over;
    tugged down your blouse and cried,
    you’d be born again in hollywood
    if we could find the highway signs

    wearing a july skirt to a september date,
    sweetheart david…[Read more]

  • robyn commented on the post, mothering 5 years, 11 months ago

    oral fixation
    and something good must’ve happened to him, along the way,
    to pick up the habit of kissing my temple;
    after he’s pushed me onto my knees,
    smiles

  • robyn commented on the post, biblical 5 years, 11 months ago

    dreaming of the girl i forgot i loved
    topless, running around in her sister’s room
    and her sister, in a blue mandala tattoo, looking at me;
    teaching me about unattainably;

    and i know i am in a fever, and she knows the pills i’ve taken to get here
    (and the sight of her will carry me through –)

  • robyn commented on the post, biblical 5 years, 11 months ago

    ‘all wrapped up in blooms’
    is a phrase derived from the warping of the red yucca
    that occurs when each of its leaves voluntarily starve to send the season’s remaining energy into the stalk, the tepals and the stamen and the anther, all different pleadings for sex; winding around and higher,
    so that the wind might catch the seeds during the…[Read more]

  • robyn commented on the post, steady 6 years, 2 months ago

    has nobody sent you home
    standing far too long staring into the watertank
    staying still, watching batfish stay still
    and there is movement around you, and there is movement in the expansion of your lungs,
    the lungs of children moving by you,
    the noise of the aquarium director asking are you alright
    but how the whole world narrows
    (and we…[Read more]

  • robyn commented on the post, steady 6 years, 2 months ago

    has nobody sent you home
    steady being called a boy
    bringing home his eternal peace;
    if we lived in a house of quotes
    i’d never have to remember who i am

  • robyn commented on the post, café 6 years, 4 months ago

    my chiropractor is indian
    with a formal english vocabulary under a heavy accent
    so he can get away with saying these things
    “you have such a lovely young body
    that i do not imagine at your age you are single very often for very long
    so make sure the next man that you see is spiritual”
    i do not visit him often
    because he does not keep his voice down

  • robyn commented on the post, mumbling 6 years, 5 months ago

    whole cities understand you

  • robyn commented on the post, leverage 6 years, 5 months ago

    “every time you are angry, write a love poem.”
    once i honked at a car
    who cut off mine & scared me

    the man got back into the other lane
    rolled down his window, shouted, ‘i’m sorry’

    i felt so terrible
    most people are basically good
    (but it’s such an easy thing to forget
    these days)

  • robyn commented on the post, trench 6 years, 5 months ago

    and he takes me in honesty
    (and that is all there is to say on the matter)