“We are not the dirt
we are planted in,
we are the light
and the water
we nourish ourselves from.
We are the flowers
we choose to be.
“You’ve got to use it, the pain. Use it as fuel to move past the torment, to the light at the end of the tunnel.
— Thomas E. Sniegoski, Aerie and Reckoning
“In this love you are like a knife, with which I explore myself.
“We are sitting on your bed, there is distance between us and the silence is suffocating me. I am holding my knees to my chest. My body is shaking; you are quiet. I ask you if you still love me, and you tell me that you are not sure that you ever did.
— Mariah Gordon-Dyke, The Best, and the Worst Day
“Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.
“[Like these stones
that crumble back into earth.]
Like the sound of my voice
in your mouth.
“Sometimes just being still is the best thing you can do for yourself.