People will always talk. Wisdom is knowing that you do not always have to listen or respond
He says ‘I don’t get it, why are you still a virgin at 24?’
He says ‘I don’t believe you, I’ve seen you walk, virgins don’t walk like that’
He says, ‘That ain’t natural, people are supposed to fuck.’
He asks ‘Why though? No offence though.’
I ask ‘When was your first time?’
He says ‘I was 12’
He says ‘I know what you’re thinking, that’s too young.’
I look at his knuckles, he has two good hands.
He says ‘She was older than me.’
I ask ‘How old?’
And he says ‘It’s better that the girl is older, that’s how I learnt all things I know’
He licks his lips.
I ask again ‘How old?’
He says ‘I could use one finger to make you sob’
I think of my brother in prison and I can’t remember his face.
I ask again ‘How old?’
He says ‘Boys become men in the laps of women, you know?’
I think of my mothers faced lined with her bad choices in men.
He says ‘If you were mine you wouldn’t get away with this shit, I’d eat you for hours, I’d gut you like fruit.’
I think of my cousins circumcision, how she feels like a mermaid, not human from the waist down.
He says ‘I’d look after you, you know?’
I laugh, I ask for the last time ‘How old?’
He says ‘34.’
He says ‘She was beautiful though and I know what you’re thinking but it’s not like that, I’m a man, I’m a man, I’m a man. No one could ever hurt me’.
— Warsan Shire, Crude Conversations With Boys Who Fake Laughter Often (via ethiopienne)
when you say sorry to someone, but you’re not really sorry, you’re just being sarcastic. but they think you’re actually sorry and they tell you they forgive you…..
Bergman Island (2004)
this was, literally, my life when i lived alone. and most days, i loved. it. there is something peaceful about the silence. it allows you to hear everything else.
You will always want love to fill the emptiness of your soul, when love is all that you seek; But, you will never fill that hole, because love is not something that we fill, it is something that we pour out.
Only Jesus can fill that empty void in your life, only Christ can fill that cup so that it may be spilled into the lives of those who thirst for something eternal. Drink deeply, beloved, drink deeply from the well that Jesus offers us, so that you may never thirst again.
— T.B. LaBerge // Go Now (via tblaberge)
I CANNOT STRESS HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT PEOPLE SEE THIS AND UNDERSTAND THIS. TRUE MUSLIMS CONDONE NONE OF WHAT ISIS AND OTHER TERRORISTS ARE DOING. THESE ARE EVIL, UNEDUCATED PEOPLE GIVING ISLAM A BAD NAME BY DOING THINGS THAT ISLAM DOES NOT CONDONE AND CALLING IT RELIGION. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD.
— Edith Pattou, East
It meets you in your mess.