what i never
from my mother
just because someone desires you
not mean they value you.
desire is the kind of thing that
leaves you starving.
- the color of low self esteem, nayyirah waheed
“This is no dark custom” Gertrude Stein
Some days you wake up and find god in your shoes and you don’t know who put it there. Or the little gold clocks in your irises, or the long stems of sun on your desk. So you just dress in coffee and beautiful rags and be glad of it, ashes and all. And you hum to yourself some ridiculous tune that sounds like a handkerchief stuffed in your mouth. Which means that you won’t get a single thing done, oh no not today, but your papers don’t mind. They lie around like wanton brides and admire you anyway. Fat apples blossom in baskets left on your table; wine turns into wine. And the windows, my god the windows have gathered absurd amounts of sky. If the shoe fits, the foot must be mine. Someone who loves you dreamed double last night.
from LATE, BOA Editions, Ltd. 2003.
"Dress suitably in short skirts and strong boots, leave your jewels in the bank, and buy a revolver."
Countess Markievicz, 19th century Irish revolutionary, dispensing eternally relevant fashion advice (via littlemissmoss)
"When we dismantle everything to see how it works it loses its power to astonish, but when we put its make-up on again we regain our dreams, our desires and our delusions. The mask disguises our alienation."