tell it to me all over again

July 15, 2018




tell it to me all over again 

by Vanessa Maki



the desire to fix us sways   
it reminds me of birds

navigating strong winds  
where their wings can't flap right  


i devote myself  
& then you demote me  
to second best, second choice,

a second-place prize  


what would you do if i twisted it?  
if i flipped you around  
so you would be in my position   
would you beg for

another love confession?  
would i have you on your knees   

like i'm the one

you pray to?  

tell me you love me  
tell it to me

all over again   
tell me you need me  
tell it to me

all over again   


you lead me

down a rabbit hole   
where i almost can't believe   
you have ever really cared  
i get bombarded by

all these moments  
that start carving me   
like people do to pumpkins

or maybe i'm more

like meat   
put on your plate

so you can




tell it to me

all over again   
that you actually do

love me  


tell it to me







Photo: "Sink II" by Vanessa Maki



Vanessa Maki is a writer (& other things) who is queer & full of black girl magic. She's been published in Enclave, Faded Out, Rag Queen Periodical, Occulum, Five:2:One Magazine, SYS, horny poetry review, sublet press, Entropy, Susan/The Journal & is forthcoming in Sorority Mansion, The Cerurove  & Sad Girl Review. She is founder/editor of yell/shout/scream & rose quartz journal. Twitter: ahumantornado.

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