mouthful of forevers

You make my heart dance and my feet laugh.

I am not the first person you loved.
You are not the first person I looked at
with a mouthful of forevers. We
have both known loss like the sharp edges
of a knife. We have both lived with lips
more scar tissue than skin. Our love came
unannounced in the middle of the night.
Our love came when we’d given up
on asking love to come. I think
that has to be part
of its miracle.

This is how we heal. I will kiss you like forgiveness. You
will hold me like I’m hope. Our arms
will bandage and we will press promises
between us like flowers in a book.
I will write sonnets to the salt of sweat
on your skin. I will write novels to the scar
of your nose. I will write a dictionary
of all the words I have used trying
to describe the way it feels to have finally,
finally found you.

And I will not be afraid
of your scars.

I know sometimes
it’s still hard to let me see you
in all your cracked perfection,
but please know:
whether it’s the days you burn
more brilliant than the sun
or the nights you collapse into my lap
your body broken into a thousand questions,
you are the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.
I will love you when you are a still day.
I will love you when you are a hurricane.

 ~ Clementine von Radics,
”Mouthful of Forevers” 



J Cosmo Newbery said...

That was really lovely - it actually brought tears to my eyes. (There goes my tough guy image.)

SL said...

Ditto J Cosmo Newberry's comment except for the tough guy image part. Everyone already knows I'm not tough. Hi RDG!

red dirt girl said...

Hi you two. I love this poem. And I am being quite amazed and impressed by the number and quality of poets I am 'finding' on Tumblr.

It makes me feel pretty misty eyed as well, and it feels like it was written from my heart to Soub's ...

don't I wish :)

Thanks for reading,

goatman said...

Thought this might brighten your day further:

Lee said...


bulletholes said...

Shit. In a good way, just, shit.

bulletholes said...

Oh, the picture too, I'm stealing.