Used to this

Must I tell you more?
Or less?
Or shake the day off
with my bare shoulder.
Stuck between dreams
reading about your eyes
as I walk into my life
and walk right back out.
Throw adjectives
like knives
so used to my nine lives
and so glad you need me not
crystal clear as the ocean.
Tell me how
you are wanted
and blessed
I will be at the graveyard
in my unrest.
Your soul blows mine away
in its fading light
and I wait for you
to break my heart
so lovingly.
I hate all these emotions
pulling me toward you
yet I embrace them
as I would you.
You take me in
and sweetly take me out
I lay on the ground
arms wide.
Since you never asked, I’m not doing fine at all.
My feelings never change
I’ve always felt different
You make me feel
when I stare at nothing
but your face
I loved what we shared
and I
well I am just a girl
so many like me
ready for you.
It is rare to love like this
and I am grateful
for every kiss.

By Christina Strigas

Christina Strigas is a Canadian poet, raised by Greek immigrants, and has written three poetry books. Her latest, Love & Vodka, has been featured by CBC Books in, “Your Ultimate Canadian Poetry List: 68 Poetry Collections Recommended by you.”
LOVE & METAXA, her fourth poetry book is coming out May 25, 2021.
In her spare time, Christina enjoys foreign cinema, reading the classics, and cooking traditional Greek recipes that have been handed down from her grandmother.

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