when worthwhile arrives
When drawing lines across the sand
To establish our limits,
We tend to forget that the canvas
We’re tracing these preferences upon
Are the softest foundation
One can possibly build our staunchest of castles over.
Like at five years old.
I told myself I wouldn’t kiss Sonia
Because she looked like the biggest carrier of cooties
And would cut the line in four square
Just so she’d get next to me.
When pretty girls get what they want
I learned the hard way that they do so
By shoving nervous boys up against
Brick walls next to the portables
And plant kisses on their dizzied and now
At 10 years old,
When mom and pops said that
They didn’t like the soggy french fries or dark meat chicken,
I didn’t wait two seconds before I dove in for them.
But when one accidentally stumbles upon their folks
Foraging through a bag of Mickey D’s french fries
And zeroing in on the soggy ones,
Your world gets flipped upside down
In a touching lesson of sacrifice
Manifesting itself in the form of fast food and take out.
Here is one statement I will die by:
When worthwhile steps through your door,
The best decision you’ll ever make
Is to make it feel at home.
And since we all know homes are
Where hearts lay their heads down at night,
You’ll easily find that worthwhile
Makes a perfect fit for a weary heart
By the way it brews its perfect tea for it
Without even asking.
In my 20’s I said I’d more than likely
And would avoid the tenets of it
Like bell peppers in my breakfast hash
Or traffic on the 5.
But when love hits you like ten tons
Of amnesia for gas prices
And 50 megawatts of clarity in a smile,
You find yourself enjoying gridlock
Because its actually buying you more time
To be with her longer.
I said I’d hate relationships,
But when you find your own faith bolstered
Because you legitimately see
A creator giving birth to royal galaxies
Under her eyelids crowned in 136 reasons
That justify the existence of eyelashes,
Then its obvious I’m really just another
Recovering lover that’s fortified their walls
From volleys of existential drama.
You see, worthwhile dusted her feet on my doorstep recently.
She came bearing gifts that looked like
The five minutes that passed by as
I traced a finger across her silhouette
While she slept.
And wrapped up in laced and bows
Memories that resembled 2AM thankful
And the 7PM longing that slowly dragged itself
Across airport terminals.
It’s all of this and that alone.
Because love landed in a spot I’d like to call home;
Where a weary heart welcomed worthwhile in.
Where one look that I have for her
Could kindle nebula
And let everyone know within
A crowded room like this
That she erased every last line I drew
To keep love out……..
The morning light traces your outline
Not unlike my lips hinting their perfect fit for yours.
'Good morning' never tasted as good as
The sweetest distance between our breath……..