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there's hell in your eyes, painting them black cesspits that could eat away the stars.
you tell me you need out of your head. the moon pulls higher in the sky, quietly marking the hour. our feet hang over empty air, the tracks below an open casket. you inhale nicotine and exhale burning buildings. smoke curls like fingers into the body of the night.
we're breaking like an ocean. eggshells on pavement.
i can't hold you together,
so you down handfuls of little white pills like peppermint candies.
like if you just keep swallowing, they'll whitewash the walls of your ribcage and purge your dirty heart.
you drink like you're always thirsty,
like you've found the antidote to forgetting.
instead, i hold matches to the dry tinder of my parchment skin to see if it catches fire
to burn down the gosttown of all the things i can't forget.
i dig trenches in my skin to leak out poison pulsing in my veins and the dirty swingset in my bones.

we both have memories we can't kill.

the black in our heads is bigger than the breadth our arms,
and our vices only ever bury us deeper.
i'm nearly ready to step off this train,
but i know if i do,
you'd come too.
and maybe we still love this life too much.

my lifelines flutter in my wrists like tiny birds begging me to set them free.
she tells me they are the branches of a tree,
outstretched to the sun, never birds.
she tells me the birds lie in my chest
and she shows me how to set them free with adrenaline and high places.
we're relearning life's anthem, this time singing without the stitches that held our mouths shut.
do you ever get tired of being sad?
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neonsquiggle Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's breathtaking.
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arabesque-o Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student Photographer
thankyou!
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neonsquiggle Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You are welcome! <3
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featherback Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is so deserving of the DLD and I'm speechless. <3
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arabesque-o Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Photographer
ogosh,
thankyou<33
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   General Artist
Everyday and every hour.
This piece is breathtaking and yor have a beautiful story to tell and written with your soul, i can tell :heart:
Congratulations on the DLD, dear creature.
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arabesque-o Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Photographer
i hope you find happyiness<3
thankyou so. much.
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   General Artist
I hope the same for you too, darling soul <3
You are most welcome! :huggle:
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Christianonfire7 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice piece.

I did notice two errors 'correct me if you meant them to be this way.'

'burn down the gosttown of all the things i can't forget.'

do you mean, 'burn down the ghost town'?

Also, the last line. 'this time singing without the stitches the held our mouths shut.'

'stitches that held our mouths shut.'
I believe 'the' should be replaced with 'that', sounds more correct that way.

Just wanted to point that out to you just in case you missed it. :)
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arabesque-o Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Photographer
fixed.
thankss.
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Christianonfire7 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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projectilewordvomit Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
All the time.

This brought back memories of something I'd imagined. Thank you for writing.
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arabesque-o Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Photographer
thank you. <3
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DailyLitDeviations Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
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arabesque-o Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Photographer
wow.
i'm honored, thankyou.
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HastyMage Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so tired.

powerful piece. great job! :D
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arabesque-o Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Photographer
thanks(:
(iwishyouhappiness, forallthegooditdoes)
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HastyMage Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
(thank you.)
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Jadite Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
so tired. all the time.

ilovethis.
especially,
"my lifelines flutter in my wrists like tiny birds begging me to set them free.
she tells me they are the branches of a tree,
outstretched to the sun, never birds."
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arabesque-o Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Photographer
thank you somuch. <3
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onXtheXedge Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
this is amazing. i'm not really sure what else to say... :heart:
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arabesque-o Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Photographer
thank you, that means alot to me.
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hazeltown Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
so powerful
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arabesque-o Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Photographer
thankyou<3
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silver-ships-fly Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
yes.
yes i do get tired
of being sad.

i love it all.
every word. ♥
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arabesque-o Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Photographer
being sad makes me tired. tired of life.
but i'm learning to find happiness in the small things. i wish for you the same& better<3
thankyou. somuch.
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silver-ships-fly Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
you're too sweet♥
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