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United Arab Emirates

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far too nonchalant about things i should probably care about

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tsundoku

March 25, 2020

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tsundoku : the lamentable habit of buying books you will never read


the japanese are sensually articulate; tethered feelings
     waltzing through their dictionaries
a phrase for loneliness, another for the chilly breezes
heralding winter,
i ache, really,
there is a vulnerability that rends through my chest
how do they know what i feel? are they sorcerers?
are they brilliant wordsmiths?
are they the oracles of the old?
i think
they are in love, in agony, in pure
unrestrained, liberating
joy
like us—
but we build fortresses out of our heartstrings
concrete in the sultry form of blood and bone
we are too cowardly, too hurt to let strangers 
in;
counterfeit solace in a bottle of vodka 
and hollow sex, our eyes accustomed
to the neon, our lips accustomed 
to a foreign pair
i think we put glass to shame

irony, irony
we are all guilty of tsundoku 
in our own, unhappy ways
fifty books
thirty beers
and innumerable
     lovers


 


not to say that the japanese are not apathetic, or that the rest of the world is, but i truly truly wanted to highlight the soft poignancy of the japanese language. i will always only have nothing more than pure admiration and love for japan and its culture. i cannot forget what it has done for me.

just wanted to clear that out lmao.


 

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6 Comments
  • Poppy.M

    I love this so much!!!


    5 months ago
  • Dani A. Remlap

    You are my favourite writer.


    6 months ago
  • rainandsonder

    love love love it, especially the latter half of the first stanza; the line "but we build fortresses out of our heartstrings/concrete in the sultry form of blood and bone" was my favorite line.


    6 months ago
  • aryelee

    oh this is so gorgeously written!! "i ache, really", "i think / they are in love, in agony, in pure / unrestrained, liberating / joy", "but we build fortresses out of our heartstrings / concrete in the sultry form of blood and bone / we are too cowardly, too hurt to let strangers / in;" are lines that really grabbed my heart and made me feel too much. you have such an incredible way with words!!


    6 months ago
  • r|A|i|N

    this is such a beautiful poem! when i read the first line i was like "relatable" and then it so quickly escalated into something deeper. you have a true way with words. great work!


    6 months ago
  • AbigailSauble

    Nice word picture. =)


    6 months ago