Sex + Love

Things Left Unsaid

Three poems about the tail end of love.

accident11

accident #453

you hover behind me
a glittering cloud of dust
a galaxy light-years away
yet still so close that
your reflection
in my rearview mirror
occasionally blinds me
and forces me onto your path
again.

i launch through the windshield
at a speed that would have allowed me
to run between you and goodbye a million times.
your face shines in every shard of glass
lips trace their jagged edges over my skin
freckles scatter into my palms
eyes pierce through my ribcage.
i could never breathe when you were around;
now i only choke on my own fragments.

i try to pick myself up
drag my shredded heart onward
let go of another layer
left behind on the pavement.
crimson mantras drip from my mouth:
“let each scar remind me
to kiss my own wounds.”
“i will not look into a mirror
until i can remember
what i look like
without you.” ♦

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36 Comments

  • kimmi_kimz October 17th, 2013 11:07 PM

    these are absolutely beautiful. <3

  • amanda October 17th, 2013 11:11 PM

    <3

    and the illustrations are also beautiful

  • ColoredSoft October 17th, 2013 11:28 PM

    oooooFFF COURSE TYLER CAN WRITE TOO HOLY HELL THESE ARE SO AMAZING IM GOING TO PRINT THEM AND HANG THEM UP ON MY WALL SO I CAN LOOK AT THEM FOREVER. The last one’s imagery was mind blowing, too. Holy hell. Really inspiring. I don’t have any words. bye

  • cleobea October 17th, 2013 11:34 PM

    the combination of theses beautiful poems with the simple collages is brilliant. <3 <3 <3

  • llamalina October 17th, 2013 11:38 PM

    the 2nd poem. the 2nd poem, oh my god. it’s like the sum of my feelings. you’re amazing, tyler.

    http://llamalina.blogspot.com

    • Kirthi October 20th, 2013 3:49 AM

      The second one made me cry.

  • megggggggggghan October 18th, 2013 12:12 AM

    i haven’t been moved by poetry like this in a long time. I started tearing up in the second poem.

  • dandelions October 18th, 2013 1:04 AM

    Tyler, these poems are REALLY beautiful. The first one is the sum up of these days in my life. I love your first poem.

  • FlaG October 18th, 2013 1:37 AM

    That first one. Goodness. Wow. Bravo.

  • LuxOrBust October 18th, 2013 1:38 AM

    pain brings beautiful creativity

  • thebuzzingbee October 18th, 2013 1:58 AM

    so beautifully heartbreaking, especially the second one </3

  • novella October 18th, 2013 6:03 AM

    this is so hauntingly beautiful oh my gosh

  • julalondon October 18th, 2013 6:54 AM

    Amazing. Can there please be more poetry on here?=)

  • StellaBerlin October 18th, 2013 9:18 AM

    these are all so beautiful <333

  • Cutesycreator aka Monica October 18th, 2013 10:55 AM

    This is not going to leave my mind anytime soon.

  • mariasnow October 18th, 2013 11:02 AM

    I have always had trouble with breakups and sometimes I wonder if it’s because I spent too much time with poetry, movies, music, and art based on the beauty and clarity of loss. Tomorrow will mark the six month anniversary of my best friend breakup, reading beautiful poetry about loss makes me feel better about it.

  • elliecp October 18th, 2013 11:17 AM

    These are so beautiful. Inspired me to write more <3

    http://roseandvintage.blogspot.com/

  • lexilikes October 18th, 2013 12:03 PM

    All are wonderful but my favourite is the last.

    http://www.lexilikes.com

  • Bella October 18th, 2013 12:33 PM

    Love

  • skyblueee October 18th, 2013 1:56 PM

    these are so beautiful oh my god.

  • Laia October 18th, 2013 2:10 PM

    you are so incredible these are so incredible.

  • Caitlin H. October 18th, 2013 2:19 PM

    ❤ ❤

  • kati October 18th, 2013 2:24 PM

    i usually don’t get poetry that is not in spanish, but this is amazing <3

  • jane alice October 18th, 2013 2:54 PM

    so heartbreaking and fantastic

    http://femmefutures.blogspot.ca/

  • Sage October 18th, 2013 4:05 PM

    crying. ouch. these are too good

  • disast3rology October 18th, 2013 8:57 PM

    oh my god woah. that was amazing.

  • lydiamerida October 18th, 2013 9:20 PM

    Tyler u are a beautiful soul
    http://cat-witch.tumblr.com
    http://somewhat-interested.tumblr.com

  • prettyvibes October 18th, 2013 9:36 PM

    UGH THESE ARE SO PERFECT I practically cried to them.

  • mirandab17 October 19th, 2013 11:36 AM

    Beautiful.

  • Glenny October 20th, 2013 12:23 AM

    Makes my heart bleeeeed again. WHY? Very very painfully beautiful. <3</3<3<3

    • Glenny October 20th, 2013 12:24 AM

      Loved things left unsaid especially.

  • wishfulwanderer October 21st, 2013 8:35 PM

    So incredibly beautiful.

  • Kal October 22nd, 2013 6:06 PM

    These are beautiful and so relatable. You should do spoken word!

    zymurgyprocess.com

  • November 11th, 2013 12:28 AM

    Oh my gosh this is so beautiful! It takes my breath away, quite literally! Tyler is so talented <3 <3

  • tockoftheclocks January 2nd, 2014 9:13 AM

    Love these poems so much – the simplicity and the impact! The ‘(I don’t)’ line is absolute perfection – so succinct.

    http://tockoftheclocks.wordpress.com

  • Koala banshee January 7th, 2014 11:09 PM

    God, I love the third one!!