all the other beasts

inhabit the beauty that lives in your beastly body and strive to see the beauty in all the other beasts.
cheryl strayed

the fall


the duel of dark and light
a rule broken by stars,
poking holes in the sky and streaming through
but i can’t keep the stars from 
scratching their way down to earth
and taking me along.

those things i told you
those terrible things i said 
i can’t swear i didn’t mean them
but i can probably say for sure
that they weren’t true.

see, when i look up and see those stars
like blazing comets looking for a place to land
i wish i could take off
wings sewn into my shoulderblades
the stitches are messy
the strings are loose
but they fly.
see, i don’t mind burning up sometimes
i like the flesh it leaves behind
soldered and hot like steel
branded under the skin
but i don’t like crash landings
making holes in the clouds
and falling while they always tell me
don't look down.

it's easier that way.