let’s reduce ourselves down,

peel layer by layer until

we are just child drawn chalk outlines on the streets we grew up on,

give everything until you have nothing left

until you fade into everything else 

until we make up the black silhouettes on the foreground of the horizon.

i want to believe that we are something bigger than we are,

perpetually living in the concept of the brightness of a star before it dies,

the spark of a firework before it dissipates,

this is me and you, and you and me,

dancing in the dark, hoping in the dusk,

praying for the beginning of our lives

before we can kiss our old dreams goodbye.

let’s redefine ourselves,

let’s redesign our confines, 

we are everything we could ever hope to be,

and nothing we were ever told we would end up being.

you are not your limits,

i am not my boundaries,

i only know what i’ve been taught:

this town can never hold the vastness of what i need,

the extent of all the dreams i could ever dream.

i will remember you as everything i thought i needed, and nothing i ever thought i could live up to be.

we are standing toe to toe with giants,

blessed with the pipe dreams shoved down our throats as infants,

we are only ticking time bombs waiting to explode

from all of the potential left sleeping deep inside of us.

we exist on the edge of everything we’ve ever known,

waiting to fall off and enter the void 

in hopes of coming out with a place to call home.

i will send you postcards on paper airplanes,

signing p.s. i love yous on the precipice of greatness,

tell the ocean i’m home,

tell the sky i’ll be there soon,

when we sink, when we dissipate, when the smoke clears,

i will remember you as the first placebo and the last love letter i ever wrote.

let’s never settle, let’s be the best we could ever be, 

let’s love until the seams break, 

until the thread runs out, 

until we are just the fabric of everything that ever stitched us together.

postcards from the girl you used to know - m.s.

poetry poem