Norah

United States

18 | she/they | hypothetical astronaut | ekphrastic poet | haunted house

Message to Readers

the person who this is about will never know this about them

early sunsets make me sick for things i’ve never had

January 20, 2020

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i’ve tried at least three ways— 
           no, four. enough for 
my own hook line and sinker to slink back from your skin,
to unwrap my ribbon of longing
from your legs.

because I know it keeps tripping you up,
like I tied your shoes together, something intentional and messy
           like that,
guilt and blue bile in the morning,
           you: facedown in the dewy grass.

it’s like this: the blurry white moon at four o’clock
and the man taking off his medical bracelet off in the bus-seat next to me
sighing some unknown song,
           the kind only he knows.

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  • Dmoral

    Favorite lines: "something intentional and messy / like that,"
    So abstract and vague, I like everything about this piece!! Your title grabbed my attention, I couldn't not read your piece. The point of the long titles is to display emotion and catch a reader's eye and just add more to the actual piece---and yours did just that. Amazing. Also, your ending...*slow clap* The way you add a character in there and give him so much emotion and importance in two sentences is outstanding. Plus on top of everything, your structure of this piece was remarkable! Splendid!
    One thing though, if they're "face down in the dewy grass"---where are you?


    about 1 year ago
  • Norah

    thank you babybluelamentations, this is high praise from someone who's also a fantastic poet!


    about 1 year ago
  • babybluelamentations

    I don’t understand how you write so perfectly. You never cease to amaze me with your freshness in concept, matter, and vocabulary, and I can’t give enough praise to your pieces.
    “it’s like this: the blurry white moon at four o’clock” is such a pretty line, and i’m obsessed with the slightly obscure metaphors you use—they are downright gorgeous. Amazing work, you’re a genius of a poet <3


    about 1 year ago