it helps if you lick your lips first

by amy sharp


why are people so afraid to tell other people how they feel?
I just whisper it across them
when they are not looking
or paying attention
or when they hug me hard
and the music is blasting
they could be screaming
yelling


I say:

I love you
I hate you
you are the most important thing
there could be alternative worlds
maybe we live there
you are never going to fly
there is a way through this
we were once children
tell it like it is


The thing is
I say it like a tiny blue whisper
and it goes inside of their body
like a sword