“high romanticism shows you nature in all its harsh
and lovely metamorphoses. flood, fire and quake fling us
back to the primal struggle for survival and reveal our gross
dependency on mammoth, still mysterious forces.”
— camille paglia
you helped me assemble myself
piece by piece,
moment by moment,
every painstaking memory by painstaking memory.
you didn’t just glue my frail, thin self back together, dear,
you rebuilt it from the ground up.
you touched my heart in ways no one has ever even bothered to.
you touched my skin in a way that felt like snow,
gently grazing against someone’s cheek on a cold day.
it was soothing.
it was calm.
you put the storm inside of me to rest;
you were the eye of my hurricane.
initially, life became sepia,
regaining warm brown hues after being stuck in black and white for so long.
then, you transformed me to a technicolor masterpiece,
like a child’s first finger painting.
i know it sounds cliche.
i know that no one can truly touch my soul.
i know i am unequivocally, absolutely,
entirely, alone in this universe.
but our infinite lonelinesses combined
make for a very beautiful, solemn scene.
life is like a lone, empty hole we fill.
we stuff it to the brim with memories, experiences,
and wondrous love.
you shine similarly to diamonds,
though your outside seems bulletproof,
like a rich mineral being tested in a laboratory,
you refuse to break.
you keep me strong.
you make me feel big in such a small world.
i feel nearly invincible now that you’re beside me.
you didn’t even need a blueprint.
you’re the perfect freehand engineer my heart needed.
i love it.
you gingerly reassembled my body,
similar to the way a sculptor molds his famous statues,
making me feel more like a masterpiece than i ever have.
you helped me realize that i,
i can be lovely, too.
i can be poetic and artistic.
i can be smart and witty.
i can be pretty and admirable.
and i damn sure am worthy of love
and someone who will stay not because they have to,
but because they want to.
because i can be compelling and mysterious.
i can be worthy
i can be.
because of you.