HEY I FOUND THE SAFEST PLACE TO KEEP ALL OUR TENDERNESS
I think the mark of a good love poem is how many readers/listeners read/hear it and wish the poem was written about them. And when McPherson said the line in his poem at Urbana Poetry Slam the other night - “You are shaped like an hourglass filled with tiny Beyoncés” - I think everyone wished that was written for them. Even the dudes.
What I love so much about that line (besides the visceral image that my brain immediately saw) is that “you are shaped like an hourglass” is such a cliche love poem line, which McPherson turned on its head with such a new, fresh idea.
Often when I hear love poems with those cliche hallmark words - I cringe. “Your eyes are two oceans” or “Your freckles are constellations” or “I see you tattooed on the back of my eyelids.” EW. EW. EW.
I read that the songwriter for Beyonce’s “Rocket” was challenged by Beyonce herself to write a song about what he wished she would say to him. To quote, “What’s the first thing I’d want Beyoncé to say to me, as a man? What have I not heard her say?…That’s where the song came from. And essentially it’s what all of us would want Beyoncé to say to us—no disrespect, obviously, to Jay.”
So today, I want you to write a love poem. And make it a love poem you wish someone would write to you. And if you feel a cliche coming on, like “your freckles are constellations” flip it on its head. Say “your freckles are constellations that spell out ‘BAD BITCH.’
Go shine on, you Beyonce-Filled hourglass, you.
I MEAN DO I EVEN NEED TO SAY HOW GOOD THIS PROMPT IS DO I REALLY
|—||Janet Mock, Redefining Realness (via yahwehorthehighway)|
Really though, I’ve got so many lighthouses in this life of mine, showing me that not getting in to grad school doesn’t mean getting in to sad school. Like spending the day with my best friend. Like laughing & listening to Paula Abdul. Like getting a free lily. Like key lime pie. Like the sun the sun the sun.