ANDREA GIBSON GETS IT

Listening to and reading Andrea Gibson's poetry is the most cathartic thing ever. Find all of these and more at: http://ohandreagibson.tumblr.com/ (unless cited otherwise.)
  1. "Remember you never have an obligation to quiet the hurricane inside your chest."
    An Insider's Guide on How to Be Sick
  2. "On my most broken days when my faith is a willow and the pain has nothing but an ax to give, the only thing I want more than to die is to live."
    Ibid.
  3. "Fine is the suckiest word, it never tells the truth."
    Panic Button Collector
  4. "I wasn’t trying to die. I just wanted to see what my pulse looked like from the inside."
    When the Bough Breaks
  5. "Doctor, our insanity is not that we see people who aren’t there. It’s that we ignore the ones who are."
    Ibid.
  6. "But when I thought I hit bottom, it started hitting back. There is no bruise like the bruise loneliness kicks into your spine."
    The Nutritionist
  7. "You are not weak just because your heart feels so heavy. I have never met a heavy heart that wasn’t a phone booth with a red cape inside. Some people will never understand the kind of superpower it takes for some people to just walk outside."
    Ibid.
  8. "No, I am not “always crying.” I am just thawing outside of the lines. And even if I am “always crying” it is a fact that salt is the only reason everything floats so good on the Dead Sea."
    Letter to the Playground Bully
  9. "I don’t believe we’re hateful. I think mostly we’re just asleep but the math adds up the same."
    See Through
  10. "You keep worrying your sadness is taking up too much space. I wish you’d let yourself be the Milky Way."
  11. "Sometimes the break in your heart is like the hole in the flute. Sometimes it’s the place where the music comes through."
    Gospel Salt
  12. "Hallelujah to making everyone uncomfortable, to the terrible manners of truth."
    Etiquette Leash
  13. "Your dark might still be searching for its stars but the acoustics are still amazing in our meteor showers."
    Truce
  14. "I have always been comfortable weathering the storm. I’d like to get more comfortable weathering the sunny day."
  15. "I wonder if Beethoven held his breath the first time his fingers touched the keys the same way a soldier holds his breath the first time his finger clicks the trigger. We all have different reasons for forgetting to breathe."
    Birthday
  16. "Beating yourself up is never a fair fight."
  17. "Forests may be gorgeous, but there is nothing more alive than a tree that learns how to grow in a cemetery."
    Titanic
  18. "Of course you’re small. We’re all small. But we are small like the moon is small in the sky and not a wave would ever find its way to shore without us."
    Shine
  19. "Just to be clear, I don’t want to get out without a broken heart. I intend to leave this life so shattered there better be a thousand separate heavens for all of my separate parts."
  20. "You do not have to leave to arrive. I am learning this slowly."
    I Sing the Body Electric