Rise

I

You remember 

Don’t you?

 

How you wanted love

Because life was never fair

Always lonely 

Always searching for a way out

Death

Ink 

Love 

And then you found him

Or 

He found you

And you liked the feeling 

Of someone 

Who wouldn’t let go

Because no one’s ever

Held on like you

II

You felt it

Didn’t you?

 

How your blood ran warm 

With his skin on yours

His touch like paste

A henna stain

You felt Beautiful

Exotic 

Different 

Until it faded 

And you yearned to see

More of what made you his

III

You hurt though 

Didn’t you?

 

How your stomach churned 

When he broke a promise

And he always 

Broke his promises 

But the pain was too much 

So you clung to hope

That he would be better 

And make it stop

Fear 

Agony 

Left

Loneliness 

Always lonely

And you wanted to ask him 

To make it stop 

Until you realized 

He let go 

And you had to 

Next 

IV

You loved him

Didn’t you know?

 

How you always saw him 

Like a blossom in the snow

Or a bird with wings

That soared greater 

Than yours

And even when he wrecked your heart

You found a way 

To love him still

It was beautiful

Glorious 

Terrifying 

But he was what you wanted

Love

Is all you’ve wanted 

V

How can hearing that you deserve better

Make you feel like you do?

When you exposed your soul to one being

Someone 

You chose

But some shadows 

Can’t dwell in light

And some flowers 

Are simply weeds

And he 

Was a dandelion

Amidst the powdered white

And you

A bursting dahlia 

With petals of vivid silk

A star of nature

A light to love

Deserving just like all else

 

You will rise

Don’t you know?

You will.

 

-Kiran Bains

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