naomi ling

United States

she/her
est. 6/14/20

Message to Readers

cross-posted >;)

iridocyclitis

September 1, 2020

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acidic
is my tongue when i see her for the first
time / i think, maybe, i’ll feel
butterflies at her touch, but
i feel only
static / slumber / stagnant /
and so i wait
she catches my eye,
i won’t lie,
so i squeeze my eyelashes until
they shed off of
taut cheek, chrysallis to metamorphosis
to butterfly kisses on temples
to wanting
more than i can give,
so i take and take and take
until she takes flight
off of my pinky
finger.
don't try to postpone the inevitable. 

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3 Comments
  • Paisley Blue

    ... wow... this took my breath away. your writing, like always, is so enchanting and melodic! your word choice is gorgeous. amazing piece <3


    3 months ago
  • erin!

    "taut cheek, chrysallis to metamorphosis"
    so beautiful. also the title reminded me of the spelling bee kid so of course i had to read :)


    3 months ago
  • rainandsonder

    "so i squeeze my eyelashes until/they shed off of/taut cheek, chrysallis to metamorphosis/to butterfly kisses on temples" agh gorgeous! i love the way you twist the butterflies cliche into something so much more unconventional and lovely!


    3 months ago