Things Only Broken People Can Know

You will never have my permission to close yourself off to love and give up. Never. You must do everything you can to get what you want and need, to find ‘that type of love’. It’s there for you…Every last one of us can do better than give up.” – Cheryl Strayed

i planned my whole life for seasons just like these
tied down what needed tying down
battened the hatches, blessed the ground
i did indeed suffer to arrive here after all

it is never as easy as you think
but every flaw will heighten your glow
in due and dying time,
you will come to know that good things
grow from scorched earth,
even through the pile-up of heartaches
and dumb moves
and that the fires you set
burn old ground for new fields
old skin for better bones

i want you to know that twenty years from now
not a single day will have gone by in vain
what pains you now will seem a bygone dream at 46
right now it burns so badly you can’t see through the thick of it
i am writing this so that you will remember not only how much you were loved
and warned of beauty, but how that was always already yours
how everything I see in you is only what I’ve seen in myself
through the most impossible, impassable roads, I came here to you
oh muse, I remember everything that has made you shine
and die inside and scream so loud the curtains burst into flames,

but it all comes down to this
you are no more muse than trash
you are still becoming what you already are
precious starry garden bloom,
grapple with your light – be born
love, be born. Be. What you are.

James Diaz is the author of This Someone I Call Stranger (Indolent Books, 2018) and founding editor of the literary arts & music journal Anti-Heroin Chic. His work can be found in Occulum, Bone & Ink Press, Moonchild Magazine and Philosophical Idiot. He lives in upstate New York.

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