"art is giving yourself permission to translate life. exactly the way you feel. see. and hear it. be the artist you are. give yourself permission to speak your own language."
— nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)
"The path isn’t a straight line; it’s a spiral. You continually come back to things you thought you understood and see deeper truths."
— (via thenocturnals)
(Source: psych-facts, via howthefuckdoithinkofanewurl)
"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,
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
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."
— Warsan Shire "For Women Who Are ‘Difficult’ to Love" (via diananineth)
"My mistrust [of men] is not, as one might expect, primarily a result of the violent acts done on my body, nor the vicious humiliations done to my dignity. It is, instead, born of the multitude of mundane betrayals that mark my every relationship with a man—the casual rape joke, the use of a female slur, the careless demonization of the feminine in everyday conversation, the accusations of overreaction, the eye rolling and exasperated sighs in response to polite requests to please not use misogynist epithets in my presence."
#i have a hard time dating men because i have a hard time believing men respect me
(Source: shakesville.com, via slooow-ly)