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1. I will not tell you
you are pretty.

How can the halls and angles of such honest humanity
be so pinched between sounds as elementary as these?

2. You need not be two stringent boughs of                     syllables
nor weave your viney bones abreast these five petty        letters,
whirling in the fire of the river
Do not attempt to peel yourself layer for layer,
leaving all the disgust behind.
Do not tally your body six                                                lines
too short, hemming the holes into
puckers red as those volcanoes of                                    strength
bursting at the base of your hips.

3. Blood is not satisfaction.
Blood is not patience, waiting for the rooms to empty      and the faucet
to coat and cover the silence.
Blood is red cells breathing and white soldiers fighting
and platelets healing,
tugging sleeves back to illuminate the signs.
It is not weakness nor relapse nor short-sightedness
beleaguered within a tarnished state of mind.
It is life peaking up through the concrete,
like a(n) (in)carnation breaching the vine.

4. Tell yourself recovery is more than a pipe dream.
Tell yourself ribs are the trophies of the emaciated masses
and the blatantly dying; collarbones the handles on reality
that will eventually snap.
Tell yourself you are separate;
you are alive.

You are not dying unless you relinquish your body to the jackals,
refusing freedom even as it is spooned before you,
not running but allowing yourself to be dragged, toe first,
straight into the fire. You are not burning unless you
forget how to feel the flame.

5. Fight back, even against me.
Fight for the choice.
Because you are not dying unless you lay your hands down,
and even then
I will lay my bones down beside yours,


I have seen the things you have seen

6. I will not tell you
you are pretty.

7. I will tell you to fight your way back to just barely breathing
and then a little beyond sleepy and a fraction beneath sick. Linger
if you must, but fight for the centimeter
and the ounce
and the word(s).

I will take those words,
package them, send them, bless them with crooked handwriting.

I will remind you
8. "you are
pretty                      intelligent
pretty                      creative
pretty                      amazing"

But you will never be, merely,
For Jess (*AlloenDreams) and anyone else this disorder has ever, even once, touched.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-03-11
on watching the night close its eyes on you by ~sense-and-stupidity inspires me again and again as both a writer and more importantly, a person says the suggester. Suggested by many others. ( Suggested by AlloenDreams and Featured by Nichrysalis )
AlloenDreams Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
the days have been hard lately, and i hope you know i read this on the hardest of them

i miss you, and i wish i could articulate just how much. 
Tiny-Chuck Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Writer
This is so beautiful, I am absolutely wonderstruck. Just wow. This is fantastic, well done :heart:
camelopardalisinblue Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, I wanted to let you know I've used your lovely title in my newest Title Poem, 'your teeth leave different scars'. If you wanted to read it, the link is [link] - but this comment is really just to let you know how I've made use of your gorgeous title. :)
KaitlynnRenee Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Anyone who reads this will interpret it in a different way. It's the flow of the words, the vibe.
Thank you for posting, I love to play with my mood.
ryanisnasty Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Congratulations on the well deserved DD!
camelopardalisinblue Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Congratulations on your DD, and just... yeah. Thank you. I wasn't even the one this is meant for and I just can't... yeah. Sometimes I am eloquent, but at the moment I am merely speechless.
bRoKeNgRiN Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely stunning. Fantastic piece of writing. I'm sure I'll be able to read this many times and always glean something new, find something I hadn't seen. Thank you very much for sharing.
LostInTheMorning Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so moving. It gave me chills.
Serena-666 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my god. This is so amazing! ^_^ truly a well written piece.
alabaster-Islie Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
this sickness breathed out
and breathed in
it cast its cold shadow
across young (impressionable) minds
and it takes lives
in the thousands
~silent somebody~
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