Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Don't Let Nobody Steal Your Joy!

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2. One of the drivers of the shuttle that I take to work is the friendliest guy. He says "good morning" to every single person who gets on. He talks loudly to the bus about how he's going to make his fortune giving lectures to undergrad students on how to safely cross the road. As you get off the bus, he says "Have a wonderful day. Don't let nobody steal your joy!"


To Girls Like Me, With Hearts Like Kindling

Darlings, sometimes love will come to you like a fire
to a forest. When it does, be braver than I was. Just leave.
Take only what you can carry. No tears, no second thoughts. 
You have hands like tinder boxes, the smallest spark
will kill you.

Get in the car. Take water to the maps. Avoid gas stations. 
Don’t look at the flames dancing in the rear view mirror. 
Go to new cities, climb on the rooftops and slow dance with
your coldest memories. Wallpaper your new home with every
dusty, desperate love letter you swore you’d never send. 

Find a stranger with sharp edges and uncharted hips. 
Press your stories into their skin and forget you ever knew 
his name. Just promise you won’t think of embers or smoke.
Even when there is ash in your hair. Even when there is soot
in your lungs.

Clementine von Radics 

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