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there is part of me that knows these walls
in the same ways I know
unrequited was the dream I used to tie my strings to,
unrequited was the hope I used to fill myself up,
unrequited is just a word I used to be friends with
because you've crooked your fingers
into the hooks of my jeans
and you've hooked my heart,
dangling, a stranger to safety
learning how to let someone lead--

there is a piece of me that fears these feelings
like I fear insects that sting, like I fear wildfires that rage,
like I fear porcelain dolls 
with cracked faces and scarred chests
because so far in this life,
all the beautiful things I've ever held
have come to me broken, or been forgeries...

strange heart I never dared hope to meet:
keep adding bricks to the mortar of my veins, please;
requited is a house I'm trying to build around myself
and you have made a stronger foundation out of me.

May 2018
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vespera Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Professional Writer
oh this line :heart:

"requited is a house I'm trying to build around myself"
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Lady-Yume Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2018   Writer
Oh, wow - such a wonderful, beautiful piece of writing :heart:
You are still simply brilliant :hug:
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Crystal-Magic13 Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Awww! :hug:
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betwixtthepages Featured By Owner May 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: :huggle:
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Barosus Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
So touching and challengingly inspiring.  You have a way of making such a masterpiece seem easy, no wasted words or overly flowery concepts (like I am prone to using), just utterly and astonishingly TRUE to your feelings.  I fear I don't trust my feelings enough to bare them so boldly.  You make your reader FEEL what you feel with mesmerizing grace, and to me that is the ultimate goal of poetic expression.  Seeing this drives me to improve and create.  You give me a glimpse of what I want my own works to do, and prove it CAN be done.  Besides, my own romantic tendencies exult in the hope that this shows and I find my self rooting for your new "house" to stand strong and your fears be assuaged by the balm of true love.
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betwixtthepages Featured By Owner May 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so so much, hon!  I am so very very honored that you find me/my words so utterly poignant and inspiring. :heart:
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Barosus Featured By Owner May 18, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
XD You're welcome.
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slenderblade Featured By Owner May 16, 2018
oof. 
this sits in my chest and aches (and you write so well, Elizabeth)
odd we should write of walls, different as they may be, 
within such a similar amount of time.

listen, survivor, don't go completely blind. 
there are still forests in your soul
and i'd hate for you to miss yourself.

when the sudden flutter of wings breaks the silence
and the trees sprout at tremendous speeds
you'll find the moss-covered graveyard to bring you a different warmth

one that won't exist if your walls become a sphere.
<3
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betwixtthepages Featured By Owner May 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, no worries at all my love!  I'm not going blind--very much the opposite, actually.  :heart:
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slenderblade Featured By Owner May 18, 2018
good :)
i look forward to hearing more of your word weaving <3 :tea:
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