when my mother was pregnant with her second child, i was 4
i pointed at her swollen belly confused at how my mother
had gotten so big in such little time
my father scooped me in his tree trunk arms and said
the closest thing to god on this earth is a woman’s body
it’s where life comes from
and to have a grown man tell me something so powerful at such a young age changed me to see that the entire universe rested at my mother’s feet
Often times nothing at all is what it takes to have everything.
Rakishi, “things my father wouldn’t say” cir. 1913
I don’t need fancy dinners out, expensive presents, flowers, diamonds, tickets, or champagne. You’ve given it all to me. What I want? I want loyalty. Dedication. Faith. Kindness. Compassion. Friendship. And love. Certainly, love. I want saturday nights in with you on the couch watching TV. I want laying in bed all day listening to music. I want telling each other stories, and listening, and laughing, and kissing, and doing absolutely nothing. Often times nothing at all is what it takes to have everything.