Can you hear on your side?
Remember that string with a jingle attached-
I’ve given a gentle tug in my ribcage
To hear the tintintabulation
Of how you make me feel.
If it’s still working in yours, is still attached,
Pull it back, and say hello.
On our homemade telephone
We play with like children
(Still, I hope.)
If the hook in your stomach
Pulls up a little, like a rollercoaster
And makes you just a little uneasy,
Dizzy, queasy, full of excitement
And happy terror
Still catches at the thought of me-
Please, scream for me.
I don’t want to get off this ride with you.
Please come back-
Into the seat beside me.
I don’t want to tie you down
I want you to buoy me up
I want to play
I want to smile with you again.
I don’t want tie you down just yet
To cradles and till the grave.
I want to go on an adventure.
Let’s float together.
And maybe someday, we’ll climb a mountain together.
I like your company-
I wonder if you’d be a good belay.
I think so.
Thank you for keeping me laughing.
Thank you for not indulging my fears.
Thank you for teaching my heart to be a bit lighter.
Thank for being an adventure, instead of a commitment.
I’m already so heavy, laden down with supplies for my travels.
But I want you to be my companion, sometimes
I miss you.
Now you know me better,
How I lust
For the greatest love story ever told.
(I am just a little girl after all.)
So play with me, but don’t play with my heart.
But come, let’s play
Be my companion.
Please be brave enough
(Like Prince Charming)
To come close to the edge of me,
Daring enough to fall off the cliff
And fly into love with me.
I’m dangerous, I’m heady
Fragile as a lamb.
An adventurer, explorer
Teacher, friend, sometimes
I want to take care of you.
But please, make me smile.
I need to smile through my tears;
You’re right, I’m too serious.
Please, I hope you’ll say peekaboo.
But don’t disappear.
You’ll still be magic
In my child’s heart.