WORDS, INCARNATED. Philadelphia

// What if you slept?//

observando:

What if you slept
And what if
In your sleep
You dreamed
And what if
In your dream
You went to heaven
And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower
And what if
When you awoke
You had that flower in you hand
Ah, what then?”

― Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A truth should exist,
it should not be used
like this. If I love you

is that a fact or a weapon?

Margaret Atwood (via observando)
Don’t think about what can happen in a month. Don’t think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be.
Eric Thomas  (via melaniesanta)

(Source: natural-lifters, via gypsysprings)

Resist much, obey little.
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (via observando)
There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.
Denis Waitley  (via neuroptera)

(Source: observando, via gypsysprings)

ausecretdesjours:

Guante - Ten Responses to the Phrase “Man Up”

Ten responses to the phrase “Man Up”

One
Fuck you.

Two
If you want to question  my masculanity like a schoolyard circle of curses. Like a swordfight with lightsaber erections, save your breath. Because contrary to what you may believe, not every problem can be solved by “growing a pair” You cannot arm-wrestle out of chemical depression. The CEO of the company that just laid you off does care how much you belch. And I promise, there is no lite beer in the universe full-bodied enouch to make you love yourself.

Three
"Man up"?
Oh that’s that new superhero, right?
Mild-mannered supplement salesman Mark Manstrong says the magic words “Man up” and then transforms into THE FIVE O’CLOCK SHADOW, the massively-muscled, deep-voiced, leather-duster-wearing super-man whe defends the world from, I don’t know, feelings.

Four
Of course.
Why fight to remove our chains, when we can simply compare their lengths? Why step outside the box when the box has these badass flame decals on it? We men are cigarettes: dangerous, and… poisonous, and stupid.

Five
You never notice how nobody ever says “woman up?” They never just imply it. Because women, and the women’s movement, figured out a long time ago that being explicitly ordered around by commercials, magazines and music is dehumanizing. When will men figure that out?

Six
The phrase “Man up” suggests that competence and perserverance are uniquely masculine traits. That women-not to mention any man who doesn’t eat steak, drive a big pickup truck and have lots of sex with women-are nothing more than background characters, comic relief, props. More than anything, though, it suggests that to be yourself-whether you wear skinny jeans, rock a little eyeliner, drink some other brand of light beer, or write poetry-will cost you.

Seven
How many boys have to kill themselves before this country acknowledges the problem? How many women have to be assaulted? How many trans people have to be murdered? We teach boys how to wear the skin of a man, but we also teach them how to raise that skin like a flag and draw blood for it.

Eight
Boy babies get blue socks. Girl babies get pink socks. What about purple? What about green? What about orange, yellow, cerulean, black, tie-dyed, buffalo plaid, rainbow.

Nine
I want to be free to express myself. Man up. I want to have meaningful, emotional relationships with my brothers. Man up. I want to be weak sometimes. Man up. I want to be strong in a way that isn’t about physical power or dominance. Man up. I want to talk to my son about something other than sports. Man up. I want to be who I am. Man up.

Ten
No

(via inl0vewithl0ve89)

buttonpoetry:

Michael Lee - “Just Yesterday” (Rustbelt 2014)

"Sometimes I want to kill my Uncle for being a more miserable drunk than I was. Sometimes I want him to die already so I can write about it. Sometimes I, too, want to be a poem."

Performing during finals at the 2014 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam.

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude (via observando)
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
Martin Luther (via observando)
I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.
Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret (via observando)
Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves,
everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.
Frida Kahlo (via camewiththeframe)

(via apricottes)

It doesn’t matter if it’s a relationship, a lifestyle, or a job. If it doesn’t make you happy let it go.
William Chapman  (via un-exotic)

(Source: williamchapmanwritings, via unknownrockbands)

A book has but one voice, but it does not instruct everyone alike.
Thomas à Kempis (via observando)
A good book should leave you….slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.
William Styron (via observando)

buttonpoetry:

Olivia Gatwood - “Directives” (WoWPS 2014)

"It is easy to hurt someone who looks just like you, especially when you hate yourself."

Performing during prelims at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam.

Sometimes, words are the most concrete things of all