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Amanda Saveley   Best Poems From
  AMANDA SAVELEY (December 29,1987)
 
 

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  1.     

Confessions of a Bound Soul

Brother, my brother,
How selfish was I
While you seemed to struggle,
I sat idly by

Brother, my brother
Yes, try as I might
I now realize
It was also my fight

Brother, my brother
Now look at your arm
It's cold and immovable
Lost all its charm

Brother, my brother
Now look at your leg
There's so much left missing
Yet not once did you beg

Brother, my brother
Though I lost more in mass
It is you far more haunted
By our mistakes in the past

Brother, dear brother
Listen when I say
I will stick by your side
Until this goes away

Brother, dear brother
Listen when I say
I will stick by your side
Until our final day
 
Amanda Saveley
   
 

   
   
 

  2.     

A Closed Mind is Like A Nail in Your Coffin

This world is more than dark and light
And there is more than black and white
If you don't color outside the lines
You will remain deaf, dumb, and blind
Yeah, you may be able to use your eyes
But what you see are your own lies
And you may be be able to use your ears
But you only hear what you want to hear
And you may be able to comprehend
But how can you understand when you only offend?
When you only defend your own opinion?
When everything has to fit YOUR definition?
This world we're in don't work that way
Not everyone will listen to what you got to say
So don't be stupid! Don't be shallow
Or your life will be left empty and hollow
You will be lost, sad, and alone
And won't ever really be at home
So open your eyes, ears, mind, and heart
Don't let those misconceptions tear your life apart
That births prejudice and racist ideals
At which point, no one ever feels
The need to fix this world we've broken
Our tattered hearts are only tokens
Of what is wrong with society today
So pay attention to what you say
And watch your mouth in case you offend
And speak not of what you can't comprehend
Or someone will shut your mouth for you
And all will suffer who adore you
And be left in the wake of this nonexist
All because you got somebody pissed
And I know this is like talking to a wall...

But I'd rather do this than nothing at all.
 
Amanda Saveley
   
 

   
   
 

  3.     

Because You Can't Have Your Cake And Eat It Too

'Happy Birthday. I love you.'

It's so unusual that I could say that at midnight tonight and be shooting it out in two different directions. But it makes sense, in a poetically ironic way. I feel like the day I met them was the day I finally split in half.

I want so much to be everything to both of them, but I can't.
Because it’s not smart.
Because it's not socially acceptable.
Because it's not healthy.
Simply put.

That doesn’t make me feel any different.
Does it hurt? Mostly.
And I wish I could save my life to this particular point, hit the “reset” button at the end of my life and do things differently.

I tried out the words on my tongue last night…
The ones I’ve been playing over in my head lately, just to see how they sound.
I’m testing the water to make sure I don’t drown in the other pond, you know?
And he was so hurt. The worst part of it all is that I couldn’t bring myself to feel bad about anything other than the fact that I was hurting him. I was sorry for his sadness, but it didn’t change my mind about what was making him sad.

I simply can’t breathe anymore in this space. I’ll die if I try to keep it all in. There are so many things I really want to say, in order to make everything okay for both of them. I’ve even considered cutting them both off, because I honestly believe they’d both be better off if they didn’t have to deal with my indecisive bullshit.

Instead, I’ll just wait until the hands meet at the top of the clock later tonight and say to myself what I could easily say to either of them.

“Happy Birthday. I love you. I’m sorry.”
 
Amanda Saveley
   
 

   
   
 

  4.     

Kissing in the Rain?

I finally got that kiss I wanted but would never admit to wanting
Because wanting kisses are crazy and crazy just won't do.
But I got it,
As the rain was falling hard
And it reminded me of that one movie I'll never admit to watching
(Or never admit to liking, anyway...)
And I felt just a little cliche, but that's okay
Because cliche's not so bad when you look at it that way
And the rain was falling hard
So there must've been some kind of brain damage
Short-circuting,
Water-logged
SOMETHING
That made me stand out there, getting soaked
With rain-drenched hair and a sun-soaked smile
(Though the sky was completely clouded over-DUH, it was RAINING...)
And cliche was okay, so I smiled kinda crooked anyway
And all right, so there was no running involved
No throwing open of arms
Just a simple, 'Hey, come over here'
(Because I never just ASK)
And you smile, somehow knowing what I want the way you always DO
In your simple, laid-back way,
You make the what, five, six step walk over to me
In my precipitation-absorbed jeans and standard black Old Navy flip flops
And simply give me what I secretly always wanted
Though it's terribly cliche
And horribly overrated
And not all-that special
Our brains are both water-logged
So neither of us really care
And it's special this time, because it's really what I wanted
No one forced me into this one
And there are no strings attached
No latent heartbreak waiting for me in the wings
And most importantly,

I love you.
 
Amanda Saveley
   
 
 

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