The Way I Know It

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Sometimes we have
to move beyond the full
length mirror, the curled
hair, the made up face,
the audience waiting
for a grand illusion.
We’re all an imperfect play,
hoping someone will take
note of the things we leave
out. See beyond the war paint
and hot iron, and find enchantment
in a confusing plot. We want someone
to love our secrets, our darker selves as they
tumble off the stage, stained
crimson from the fall, to love
our grief, our less than moments
where we dance over our own shadow, into chaos.
Someone who’d traded their own conflicts
and essentials with us, take our hand,
pull us up, and show us something generous,
pure and beautiful.

Incomplete, but together we
walk into the night,
all our bitter truths in the wind.
We journey on, our own fallen civilization
of happenstance romance. Finally, understanding
this is love, this is love the way the broken do it.

-Tosha Michelle

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91 thoughts on “The Way I Know It

  1. Come undone,
    come as you are,
    I love you right now- like this!
    Words all of us year to hear from the depth of our heart. Lovely my beautiful friend! ❀

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  2. Wow. It is a profound moment when we realize that we are ALL broken, but there is beauty is our brokenness, isn’t there? And only love can help mold us into the unique individuals we are meant to be. Finding our significant other completes us, and reminds us that we aren’t alone in our wretchedness. Beautiful poem, as always, Tosha!!

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  3. See beyond the war paint
    and hot iron, and find enchantment
    in a confusing plot. We want someone
    to love our secrets, our darker selves as they
    tumble off the stage, stained
    crimson from the fall, to love
    our grief, our less than moments
    where we dance over our own shadow, into chaos.
    Someone who’d traded their own conflicts
    and essentials with us, take our hand,
    pull us up, and show us something generous,
    pure and beautiful.

    HOLY PENCILING PENCIL! YOU PENCILING BRILLIANT, POET!

    oh man, Tosha…I love that so much…this is beautiful!

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  4. “We’re all an imperfect play,
    hoping someone will take
    note of the things we leave
    out. See beyond the war paint
    and hot iron, and find enchantment
    in a confusing plot”.

    I can relate to this. I confuse myself. Love. xo

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      1. “Lord of Light, look down upon us. (Lord of Light, defend us.) Lord of Light, protect us in the darkness. (Lord of Light, shine your face upon us.) Light your flame among us, R’hllor. Show us the truth or falseness of this man. Strike him down if he is guilty, and give strength to his sword if he is true. Lord of Light, give us wisdom. (For the night is dark and full of terrors)”

        ~ Game of Thrones

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