When Love is Not Enough

Be careful; your skeleton
Might jumble those nights when
Your skin feels so loose without
Someone to
Hold            you                together.

So in bed you will hold a body or
Hold an extra pillow
To stop yourself from turning
Too quickly in your sleep
You could lose a rib
Or a femur in that nest of blankets.

Hold a hot water bottle to your burning chest and
Imagine                 a heartbeat
Imagine                 a fever.
Find a person who is like a fever to burn love out
Through your sweaty forehead.
Tell yourself that the fever is love too.
Let the jungle creep over you.

Take an icy shower. Wash weeds away.
Let cold close its fist.
Smirk when someone soft approaches.
Settle like snow
Over a city and feel the boots trudging through you
Chew on              ice shattering in
The glaciers of your mouth and erase the blue from the sky
With a big pink rubber eraser.
Swipe that niggling eraser dust from the page.

Just when you think warmth has seeped away
Those underground springs will rise again
The grass will unfurl
You’ll grow into your bones and

The soft creature in the den will open its eyes
To feel the hunger of springtime.


Artwork by Marina Gonzales

8 thoughts on “When Love is Not Enough”

  1. There is so much emotion in this piece. I was really drawn to your writing style, the words are extraordinary, I would really like to write a poem like this, there’s soul in this, dear.
    Hey, don’t hesitate to visit my blog page, I would love to connect with you. 🙂


    1. Hey! Thank you so much for reading- I will definitely take a look at your blog. Maybe we can collaborate. ❤


  2. You had me at ‘When love is not enough’
    We’re all lead to believe that the world will lay itself at our feet if we find ‘true love’ with this picture of Disney’s love stories and hardly anyone addresses the all too high probability that love simply isn’t enough. That it might end up in heartbreak and inexplicable agony. That you might never be the same afterwards.

    I simply love your writing style and the utter eloquence of each word. The idea, the metaphors, the expression: strung together, your poem is absolutely breath-taking,

    Looking forward to reading more from you! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Hey Natalie!
    Thank you so much for reading, and for your comment I really appreciate it. I totally agree that the idea of love can cause us to lose touch with other things we might need.

    Liked by 1 person

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