Safe words

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People talk
People LOVE to talk
Sentences come out of their mouths like endless rain.

And it makes me wish that words had weight, and colors, and that we could touch them.
Maybe even grab them, and hide them somewhere.

If we knew where they were,
if we kept them safe and locked and they couldn’t escape,
Maybe everyone will finally only speak truths.

Because people talk.
They love to!
They never stop!

But words last the same time on this earth as a snowflake.
And as soon as their lips stop moving,
They begin to forget what they said.

 

People say, people love to say…

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This couple promised each other they would be together forever.

And they meant to, they weren’t lying, they really did.

 

They even built a house, a really nice one.

They had a pool, a big bed and a dog.

As the years went by they loved each other still.

 

They said forever and they meant to do it.

They built that big house, a really tall one, they were proud.

They were on its roof one day, the view was amazing and they got carried away.

They pretended they were birds and had wings, they closed their eyes and flapped their arms.

Only that for one of them they actually worked.

He rose.

He started to fly.

He went away.

 

It doesn’t matter which one of them it was, it can be anyone.

It’s simple luck.

 

People say forever.

And they mean it.

But it’s not always people who decide.

Funny how songs change

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Teach me again.

I promise i’ll really listen, i promise i’ll be quiet.

Repeat that song.

The one you used to sing when i was tired.

I was so young the last time i heard it.

I was so young when you died.

So young to remember your smile, or your smell.

 

Sing me that song, sing me your story.

Because no one was listening to you the day you died.

I couldn’t go to your funeral, i was so little.

They let me eat a lot of candy that day, i don’t remember being sad.

 

I don’t remember your face, only that you loved birds.

That you kept them outside a cage and still they stayed.

That they loved you back.

 

Sing me that song,

Because all the memories are gone now that i know you were unhappy.

Sing me that song, the real one.

All your birds are now dead, we grew up, no one will judge.

 

Sing the truth about you, about your screaming mind, the long nights, about everything.

Open up your cage, you’re free to go.

The lights we are not using.

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The lights went out.

And everything inside the house: the pictures, the cribs, the birthdays.

They all went out with them.

 

Dreams only live as long as the dreamer wants.

I forgot the color we wanted for the kitchen.

The color for the tiles, the color of your eyes.

Dreams don’t try to find us once we let them go.

(They are smarter than us)

So i listen to them.

Once they were gone i was gone.

 

All those lights were on and i was not using them,

So of course i turned them off.

Nothing (No one) deserves to be wasted.

So i was brave.

I turned you off.