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possible

brambles cover your arms and i ask myself how is this possible?

a creature covered in stretch marks and loose skin and freckles walks in front of me. i can’t turn my head away, can’t close my eyes. you are beautiful, you are beautiful.

i preach self-love, i tell myself that even the skeletons in my grandmother’s closet are friendly.

i can’t teach love to monsters.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 04.06.2016 @ 9:04 pm

single

concentrate
listen to my voice
listen to the one
tiny fragment
that you
clung to days ago

concentrate
grab onto my words
grab the one
unimportant detail i
spewed at
you months ago

concentrate
listen to the wind
listen to its soft
crying and tell me
you don’t
remember a single
word i
told you

concentrate
remember how you said
you are worthless
and alone
remember to look
in the water
and try to
tell yourself you
were lying

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 04.06.2014 @ 11:36 pm

declined

i gently declined your offer to come
to the other side where
everybody says the grass in
so much greener

but i have seen the green in his eyes
when he is so angry and it
is not beautiful

and i have seen the green of the
grass just before
it burns away under the mid-summer
sun and that is
not wonderful

and i have seen the green of my jealousy
as i walk down the sidewalk and
image somebody else
holding your hand
and i am not
practical

i will decline your offer to end my
life because no matter how
much you try to persuade
a cancellation of
my daily subscription
of breathing
green is always ugly

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 04.04.2014 @ 11:09 pm

veteran

my old man is not as strong
as he was but tell
me he is strange when
he stares too long
at the limping
veteran
and asks if he needs help
and god so help me
you will wish
you had gone to war
instead of
dealing
with his little soldier

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 03.26.2014 @ 12:24 am

heightened

carousels full of sand boxes
and smiling children
and all i can think of
is how my mother
would look like
if i
took seashells
from the ocean
and
placed them on her
dead body

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 03.22.2014 @ 1:13 pm

entirety

and i adore you in your
entirety
you fawn eyes and
smooth fairy
skin

and though i cannot
push my thoughts
into that scary
little mind of yours

i adore that,
too

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 12.14.2013 @ 2:09 pm

chosen

i.
the imp in the corner
i could have licked the blood
off his horns and tasted
evil on my
tongue

ii.
the angel in the skyline
i could have caressed the snow
off her wings and felt
grace on my
palm

iii.
the pencil in my bedroom
i could have cut open my brainwave
and written about my
sickness

iiii.
the starlight in your eyes
i could have kissed your eyebrows
and killed the sadness
inside you

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 12.07.2013 @ 8:49 pm

selling

lily boughs selling for
a penny each

your eyes are glimmering

“i thought of buying you flow-
ers; what’s your favorite?”

petty crimes on the street,
murders selling for
a dollar or
more

your eyes aren’t glimmering
anymore

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 11.24.2013 @ 2:54 am

creativity

but who limits creativity to
a realm of empty vodka
bottles and a circle of
cigarette butts

i smoke to fill my lungs with
something i’m sure will
kill me because
i need something to fill
this emptiness

and who limits creativity to
the bathtub of razorblades and
pill bottles

i get high to push away the spot
clouds in my mind because
the ground is a little
too dull for me

and who limits creativity to
a certain kind of sadness
because
everybody is too ignorant
and says that nobody cares
until you’re dead

but i swear to god if you opened
a book and read between
the lines, it really
isn’t about who cares

it’s about who dares to speak a word

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 11.17.2013 @ 3:06 am

bottles

Bottles
bottles
everywhere
glass
blood
cuts
feet
you
me
us
cameras

blood
bottles
glass
feet

you’re
so
lovely
when
you’re
drunk
and
crying
over
that
girl
that
broke
your
heart

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 08.29.2013 @ 6:40 pm

strung

You took me and said
I could not be
lightly strung
so you grabbed me
and wrapped me
as tight
as you fucking could
around your finger
and I think if I got away
I’d come back and asked
to be yours
again.

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 08.28.2013 @ 8:49 pm

footage

He shifted his body weight for
a split second and I
swore he would
lose his
footage
and I didn’t want
to end up letting him
fall this time
and when he ended up
falling anyways
I let him drag
me down
the cliff
with him
because I just
wanted him
to be
there.

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 08.25.2013 @ 9:51 am

chivalry

You’re becoming more and more lovely
to me with every smile
and every laugh (and I swear
it isn’t just me)
and maybe you know you’re
beautiful, because god I hope so;
when you’re so alive
and carefree
you can’t tell me it
doesn’t make
you happier,
darling.

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 08.13.2013 @ 8:25 pm

justification

I lived by her words for a year and
a month, living in the
suspension of
her
never-ending spiderweb
of stars
and I swore I wouldn’t cry over a loss
that never even meant
anything to begin with
and I swore I’d never lie again in my poems
and dammit, I swore I
wouldn’t be alive
but I am
and her spiders are spinning again
(“I told you.”)

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 08.10.2013 @ 8:38 pm

sons

Finishing words on parchment is like
bleeding through broken
sons and
trying to show your eyes
throw black ice
and emptying your empty pockets
in front of a beggar
because I’m only a crack
in a sheet of ice
trying to be someone I’m not
and it’s new and familiar
and I just really wish I could finish a poem
and feel who I really am.

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 08.09.2013 @ 9:50 pm

planter

She told me I planted
myself in her
heart
but I wonder what
she’d say
if I told her I just
wanted to get
rid of myself
(like the foul weed that
I am.)

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 04.24.2013 @ 1:13 pm

checkmate

You could have killed me
in three hundred billion ways
but instead you
chose two–
you told me
that you loved me
and then you
took it back,
and the only thing I was
left with was
the carving you
inscribed
on my right thigh
(right underneath your name)
that said ‘checkmate.’

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 04.23.2013 @ 1:06 pm

You could have killed me
in three billion ways
but instead you
chose two —
you told me
that you loved me
and then you
took it back
and the only thing I was
left with is
the carving you
left me with
on my right thigh
(right underneath your name)
that said checkmate.

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 04.23.2013 @ 1:04 pm

café

I’m tired of staring out
the window from
an empty
café,
it’s worse than
being trapped
underneath my own
skin,
because at least the
people outside
are
happy.

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 04.22.2013 @ 4:31 pm

magenta

Suppose my blood was
magenta
and yours still a
deep red, how
different would
that make
us? Would you
still shy your eyes
away from mine,
and would
you still let
me go? (I don’t
think I’m human
either.)

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 04.21.2013 @ 1:56 pm

burrow

Undress of your skin
and burrow yourself
underneath
your scars (you
won’t reach your
bones in
time)
then look at me with
pink mousy eyes
and tell
me that I was right
and you were
just
hungry.

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 04.20.2013 @ 3:12 pm

cliffs

Step over the ledge, I
beg you, I
will go with you and
the rocks —
do not let me fall
for I fall
too easily,
catch me and walk
away (don’t let me
jump.)

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 04.20.2013 @ 7:50 am

punished

I was beaten and bloody
and bruised
but not on the surface;
my heart was shattered
and my lungs were
deflated,
my bones were broken
and I was bleeding a
story down onto
paper into a
letter that
would never be
read.

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 04.07.2013 @ 12:20 pm

plague

You filled me in with
a pen full of
my own blood
and licked my ribs dry
of any poison you
could have left behind
and I wish I would have
known that you were
a plague
because now I’m left
with you.

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 03.30.2013 @ 10:25 pm

bronze

You placed a shield in
my hand and told
me don’t let
it rust
and I told you I couldn’t
because it was
bronze
and you only winked
at me
and I saw a tear
escape your eye
(that meant goodbye.)

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 03.28.2013 @ 4:08 pm

wheat

In the fields that summer
we raced with fire-
works in our hands;
I’m surprised we didn’t
light everything on
fire because
that’s what our love
was (on fire.)

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 03.30.2013 @ 1:43 am

destined

I swear I was destined
to look at you
with your small pink lips
and your tiny nose
and your beautiful almond
eyes
but I don’t think it was
destined for us to end
up this way
or for you to die the way
you are
(I know it’s a work in progress
but you can’t leave
me yet)
and it certainly wasn’t destined
for me to take my life
before the sand stops
falling in the
hourglass you turned for
me when I said
“recovery.”

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 03.26.2013 @ 9:47 pm

calamity

They told to me to
write a poem based
on the word calamity
and immediately my mind
rushed back to
the day you held a knife
to my throat and
kerosene washed down the
walls (you didn’t
stop until the sirens sounded.)

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 03.25.2013 @ 10:20 pm

blasted

The music pounded (blasted,
really) and I moved slowly
to the beat and you told
me I wasn’t doing
it right (you were drunk)
and I kept holding back the
tears and you kept
drinking
and it wasn’t my fault
it wasn’t my fault
(it was all my fault.)

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 03.14.2013 @ 2:56 pm

The music pounded (blasted,
really) and I moved slowly
to the music and you told
me I wasn’t doing
it right (you were drunk)
and I kept holding back the
tears and you kept
drinking
and it wasn’t my fault
it wasn’t my fault
(it was all my fault.)

-a.d.r.

» Posted By Arianna Reiley On 03.14.2013 @ 2:42 pm

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