Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a good week and are keeping yourself cool in this heat wave. This week, I have another new-to-me poet to share. Clementine von Radics was the person behind Mouthful of Forevers, a poem that became popular on Tumblr. It has inspired paintings, songs, and even tattoos.
My Poetry Friday offering will featuring an excerpt of Mouthful of Forevers and another poem from her collection of the same title. Many thanks to Margaret at Reflections on the Teche for hosting the round-up this week!
Mouthful of Forevers
I know sometimes
it’s still hard to let me see you
in all your cracked perfection,
but please know:
Whether it’s the days you burn
more brilliant than the sun
or the nights you collapse into my lap,
your body broken into a thousand questions,
you are the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.
I will love you when you are a still day.
I will love you when you are a hurricane.
Poem for My Mother
When She Doesn’t Feel Beautiful
Don’t worry about your body.
It isn’t as small as it once was
but honestly, the world
needs more of you.
You look in the mirror
like you’ve done something wrong
but you look perfect.
Anyone who says otherwise
is telling you a lie
to make you feel weak
and you know better.
You have survived every day
for as long as you’ve been alive.
You could spit fire if you wanted.