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there are four kinds of love.

the first is honest.
the first is messy.

it’s smeared makeup.
it’s tears over a martini.

it’s people dancing alone.
it’s off-key singing, at the top
of your lungs.

it’s unmade beds.
it’s the hickey on your neck.

it’s the gasp he gave
when he first saw you,
how he missed your lips
when he tried to kiss you.

it's forgiveness
after he made you cry.



2.
the second kind is what you feel
for the boy lying next to you.

there’s cigarettes in the ashtray,
panties on the floor,
a lump in your throat,

and he does not love you back.



3.
the third kind is when you'll meet
his eyes

and that little moment will stretch
into something huge and permanent,

into a month/six months/a year
of a million glances that you'd thought
were meaningless.

it’s when you'll say nothing
and neither will he
because there will be no need
for words.

because he'll very nearly smile
and you'll know.



4.
the fourth is when you asked him,
“do you love me?”

he looked at you,
and softly, he said, “no.”

and you stared, disbelieving –
until he whispered,

it’s more than that.
Two more to go kiddos, so hang on tight!


Here's where I get to be an emotional sap, and share a quote from my all-time favorite poem with you; honestly, every time I read this, my throat closes a little. My eyes well with tears, and I literally have to stop what I'm doing. Arkaye Kierulf has put the fear of losing somebody you love into words that are beyond a clarity I could ever hope to achieve.

She said: give me more space. I said: don’t you love me anymore? She said: give me more space. I said: why? Did I do something wrong? Is there something wrong? Is there someone else? When did you stop loving me? In what precise moment? In what room? What city?

I held her tight as one who’s about to lose his own life holds on. Then she said: give me more space. I said: no.


From "Spaces."
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MadHat11D6 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014   Writer
:clap: This is beautiful. I've used it as an example for a prompt in my group. I can send you a link when it's up. Have a nice day. =]
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014   Writer
I would love that. :heart: Thank you. 
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MadHat11D6 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014   Writer
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flummo Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Writer
"it's forgiveness
after he made you cry. "

this.
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:iconforever-or-yesterday:
i loved this poem so much i wanted to share it with my watchers. featured in a journal here: forever-or-yesterday.deviantar…

just tell me if you would like me to remove it, i will do so immediately.
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013   Writer
I'm perfectly okay with that. :D Thank you for the feature!
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:iconforever-or-yesterday:
No, thank you for writing this piece. it is spectacular.
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LeHomie Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
I completely agree with you! :)
Good Job with this brilliant piece
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MidnightMelodie Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Just wanted to say thanks, because you brought me to these lovely words.
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:iconforever-or-yesterday:
:3i do hope you favorited on the original! i'm glad you enjoyed it.
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