Women like me do not fall gracefully, 
we stumble over our spines, 
trip over our vowels, and collapse into your arms. 
Our hearts are open books, 
russian novels containing fifty pages
on the way your voice drifts across 
the telephone wires each night. 
Our hearts are first drafts, unedited verses 
about each and every person we have ever loved: 
the stranger on the subway, 
the boy who stole our virginity 
but not our heart. 
Women like me will love you from a distance
of a thousand syllables while laying in your bed,

we will destroy you in the most beautiful way possible,
and when we leave you will finally understand
why storms are named after people.


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