“Minus The Language,” Written by Colleen & Azra (via mostlyfiction)
Your words wrap around my neck
like a noose that was not tied tight enough
to hang you up high enough,
and I can never seem to put my feelings
into sentences that are able
to make you see that I am absolutely
nothing without you.
See, there are a hundred languages
and a thousand different ways
that I could tell you that your smile,
in the morning, looks like breathing.
They cluck their tongues in some tribes,
they say ‘beautiful’ through hand movements
and eyelash flutters,
but I can only whisper it,
over and over,
against the corner of your mouth,
like a mantra or a prayer
‘I love you, I love you, I love you.’
But do you think love itself
could become its own language?
Could we use sympathy,
and stanzas to tell each other
that love is able to overcome
and that when we are together
we are a match, we are striking
that we put forest fires to shame?
I realize, now, that we do not need
a hundred languages,
and we might not even need the one,
because when I look at you, with my eyes,
with my fondness, even for a second
I see you new, like it’s the first time
I learned how to speak.
Kelsey Danielle, “I Was Told to Write an About Me and This is What Happened” (via pigmenting)
Each time I’m asked to tell about myself, I find myself starting the same way: “My name is Kelsey and I’m nineteen..”
but what I’d really like to say is:
“My name means island of the ships but once
I found a translation that said I’m a burning shipwreck-
not a burning ship but a ship that has caught fire
after the wreckage and well, I’d say that’s more fitting.”
I’ve learned that people don’t have time for about me’s.
They need two things: a name and an indication you’re someone special.
The doctors, they want facts not details.
“I broke my leg when I was three, it’s a funny story actually-“
The right or the left?
The teachers, they want interests, hobbies.
You’re sad, yes, but what do you like to do?
The adults are a spew of questions.
What school do you go to? What classes are you taking?
What do you plan on becoming? Got a boyfriend?
People my own age are the worst.
“I’m planning on an English degree with a concentration in creative writing.”
Yeah, aren’t we all. So how many times have you, you know,
I’m pulled apart, my interests travelling highway 2
my goals at a stop light at traffic hour,
my medical history on a billboard for the world to see.
But what about me?
Where’s the chance to say,
“I hang on to fistfuls of poetry like loose change in my pockets,
and I keep waiting for the day that the world turns upside down
so I can swim with the stars.
I’m not afraid of darkness, it’s a loneliness I can empathize with it.
It’s the blackholes like cigarette burns inside of me that get troublesome.
I walk through graveyards and read the dashes between years,
each a story I’ll never know but sometimes
I create my own.”
No wonder none of us know who we are anymore.
When The Fault in Our Stars came out, we were able to release a limited-edition audiobook version narrated by me along with a DVD featuring videos of me talking about the book, a ticket to a concert featuring The Hectic Glow, a Hectic Glow wristband, and postcards featuring scenes from the book.
I’m delighted to announce that a new edition of this audiobook and DVD box set is now available for preorder at dftba.com. (It will look just like what you see above, only the wristband is a light blue.)
So if you want to hear me read you the book, now you can.
This is possible because of support from Penguin and my real audiobook publisher, Brilliance Audio, so thanks to them.
He said Star Trek is too “philosophical”? Screw that noise.
I don’t know when this interview happened but I AM SAD AND ANGRY NOW
The philosophies in Star Trek are kinda part of the actual setting. If you don’t get that, why are you allowed to make Star Trek movies.
Sigh. The whole point of Star Trek is that it’s philosophical. If you don’t want philosophical Science Fiction, there’s plenty of that for you to enjoy, but Star Trek is philosophical. Philosophy is part of Star Trek’s DNA, and if you’re given the captain’s chair, you’d better damn well respect that.
Actually watch the damn interview an you’ll hear him say how much he has learned from watching Star Trek and loves it now. Don’t get your Captain Kirk undies in a wad.
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