5 Poets You Should Know

Upile Chisala (via @beingupile)
Music and poetry have always been forms of therapy for me. Through my battles with depression, I always found solace in the words of musicians and poets. I try to give a glimpse into my musical tastes with the Song of the Week panel on the blog as well as posting what my current favorite artists are. This time around, I've gone ahead and listed my favorite poets along with some poems by the mentioned poets that helped me heal or were just beautiful. Hope their words help you as they did I.

Upile Chisala

"Tell her there are goddesses in her bones
and tales of triumph in her skin
and that blackness
is not sin"

"Speak softly of yourself
and teach that same kindness
to whomever you cross lives with"

Ijeoma Umebinyuo (via @theijeoma)

Ijeoma Umebinyuo

"and love said, come let me teach you how to smile again."

You will get tired of men
who smell of other women
whose excuses choke you
whose idea of love
leaves you unwell"

Alex Elle (via @alex_elle)

Alex Elle

"you will break yourself
open for people who don’t
fill you.

you will lay yourself down
for people who won’t lift
you up.

you will stop and move
mountains for those who
walk past you.

and then you will learn
that reciprocity isn’t
synonymous with love,

but neither is suffering." 

Warsan Shire (via Google Search)

Warsan Shire

"Do not fall in love with people like me.
I will take you to museums, and parks, and monuments,
and kiss you in every beautiful place,
so that you can never go back to them without tasting me
like blood in your mouth.
I will destroy you in the most beautiful way possible.
And when I leave
you will finally understand,
why storms are named after people."

"give your daughters difficult names.
give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue.
my name makes you want to tell me the truth.
my name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right."

"every mouth you’ve ever kissed
was just practice
all the bodies you’ve ever undressed
and ploughed in to
were preparing you for me.
i don’t mind tasting them in the
memory of your mouth
they were a long hall way
a door half open
a single suit case still on the conveyor belt
was it a long journey?
did it take you long to find me?
you’re here now,
welcome home."

"I am a lover without a lover. I am lovely and lonely and I belong deeply to myself."

Yrsa Daley-Ward (via @yrsadaleyward)

Yrsa Daley-Ward

"You are one of life's
and this is
how I fell."

"Thank Goodness I have nearly
folding my desire into itself
being afraid to claim it."

"Loving someone who hates
is a special kind of violence.
A fight inside the bones.
A war within the blood."

"I am the tall dark stranger
those warnings prepared you for."