my favorite poems from milk and honey:

• i do not need the kind of love
that is draining
i want someone
who energizes me

• you've touched
without even touching me

• do you need me or
do you need someone
there is a difference

• 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘺
i whisper
as you
shut the door behind you

• 𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘴𝘯’𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬
whispered my head
𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘰
sobbed my heart

• she was music
but he had his ears cut off

• it must hurt to know
i am your most

• i am a museum full of art
but you had your eyes shut

• neither of us is happy
but neither of us wants to leave
so we keep breaking one another
and calling it love

• i didn't leave because
i stopped loving you
i left because the longer
i stayed the less
i loved myself

• he placed his hands
on my mind
before reaching
for my waist
my hips
or my lips
he didn't call me
beautiful first
he called me

• tell them i was the
warmest place you knew
and you turned me cold

• you left
and i wanted you still
yet i deserved someone
who was willing to stay

• i do not want to have you
to fill the empty parts of me
i want to be full on my own
i want to be so complete
i could light a whole city
and then
i want to have you
cause the two of us combined
could set it on fire

• if i knew what
safety looked like
i would have spent
less time falling into
arms that were not

• i always
get myself
into this mess
i always let him
tell me i am beautiful
and half believe it
i always jump thinking
he will catch me
at the fall
i am hopelessly
a lover and
a dreamer and
that will be the
death of me

• the way you speak of yourself
the way you degrade yourself
into smallness
is abuse

• he only whispers 𝘪 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶
as he slips his hands
down the waistband
of your pants

this is where you must
understand the difference
between want and need
you may want that boy
but you certainly
don't need him

• you treat them like they
have a heart like yours
but not everyone can be as
soft and as tender

you don't see the
person they are
you see the person
they have the potential to be

you and give till
they pull everything out of you
and leave you empty

• you must enter a relationship
with yourself
before anyone else

• i tremble at the thought of
falling in love with a
tiny part of someone
and mistaking it
for a whole