it's just you

i see you
i do
the way
you want to
see yourself
and for everyone
else
to see you
in your
wideawake dreams
while it’s
laaaate at night
and you’re
setting traps
for sleep
with
the scary thoughts
gathering
plotting
combining forces
markings made
in hourglass sand
‘flank around
self doubt —
amass troops
on fear of
being alone’
a scenario
with overwhelming
familiarity
i see you
i see you
when you’re
putting on the face
all smiles
and shiny bouncy hair
owning the room
even alongside
the heart of
the lineup of
smartsexyfunny friends
a lone girl acts
out
a one woman
show
and
tells
what she thinks
everyone
wants to hear
it
must
be
exhausting
the kind that
sneaks up on you
makes it
hard
to even
put in the effort
to talk
to explain
to
risk
yeah
i see you then
too
but
when i’m inside your shield
when you’re
in my arms
sweetie
you look exactly
exactly
the same
beautiful
complicated
perfection

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7 Responses

  1. Sid says:

    Nice. These are the types of word doodles I’m likely to reread.

  2. Ben says:

    Dear Pete. I am sick and writing and even though I’m not trying to write word doodles, that’s how they’re coming out except they don’t make any sense and I think I died four hours ago.

    The end. I mean…loooove Ben.

  3. That makes my heart ouch a little bit.

  4. Heather Rose says:

    I’ve probably asked this before, but were you a girl in a past life? I mean, why do YOU know we think this stuff, but my husband doesn’t? WHYYYYYYY?

    Ahem. Lovely word doodle. Carry on.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Peter, I absolutely love love love this post! I think I could cry after reading it. The good cry, you know? Not the bad cry. AMAZING.

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