for women who are difficult to love…

My goodness, I love this so much. It will never – ever – ever – ever get old. There is so much of my own story in it. There is no expiration on this. Enjoy.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/38766162″>Warsan Shire – “For Women Who Are Difficult To Love”</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/movingonworks”>MovingOn &amp; StereoOpticon</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Ok, I just decided I’m getting this tattooed somewhere on my body… just, love.

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“For Women Who Are Difficult to Love” – written and performed by Warsan Shire

You are a horse running alone
and he tries to tame you
compares you to an impossible highway
to a burning house
says you are blinding him
that he could never leave you
forget you
want anything but you
you dizzy him, you are unbearable
every woman before or after you
is doused in your name
you fill his mouth
his teeth ache with memory of taste
his body just a long shadow seeking yours
but you are always too intense
frightening in the way you want him
unashamed and sacrificial
he tells you that no man can live up to the one who
lives in your head
and you tried to change didn’t you?

closed your mouth more
tried to be softer
prettier
less volatile, less awake
but even when sleeping you could feel
him travelling away from you in his dreams
so what did you want to do love
split his head open?
you can’t make homes out of human beings
someone should have already told you that
and if he wants to leave
then let him leave
you are terrifying
and strange and beautiful
something not everyone knows how to love.
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Director, Producer : Andrea Cortes-Juarbe & Christine Mehr
Editor: Christine Mehr
Co-Editor: Andrea Cortes-Juarbe
Special thanks – Lauren Stanton, Sara’o Bery, Ada Pinkston, Isa Nakazawa

Audio mashed by Christine Mehr
Instrumental track – Zoe Keating’s “Sun Will Set.”

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into the sun

Icarus And The Sun

I long to get close to you, I’m drawn like a moth to a flame

Your radiance and shine are flawless, is it worth the cost of the shame?

I want to soar with you, pour my soul out to you, embrace you

But if I get too close, will the risk be worth it if I face you,

And told you what I’m feeling, just a glimpse of you is more than enough

To sustain me, however, I want to be there when times are rough

And when times are great, but like Icarus, I want to fly

But if I get too close, will I be singed, burned? Will I die?

It’s agonizing. I will either soar like an eagle or plummet to a crushing demise

The thought of just holding your hand makes my heart race,

I want to be let in Inside your heart, to be your partner, lover, friend

I want the chance to show that I will be there until the very end

Relentlessly longing, but not just for the physical

Soul, mind, and spirit to become united, the physical’s just residual

As the mighty Temptations sang, I can’t get next to you

Because of obstacles and fears, I like you more than I expected to

I want to hold your hand and your heart, through the day and night

But this journey only begins if I dare to take flight

Into the sun.


Sent in by Ty Ellison. Word.

Thanks, Ty

((snaps fingers in applause))

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