In the small claw-foot bathtub,
we drank cold chai and whiskey
and sat entwined like a car accident
or the way newborns instinctively
cling to anything. There were candles
and the last light from the day’s final
drag home and the water, so warm,
I could not tell where you ended
and it began. This must be real love
I said in the more poetic draft of my life.
In reality, we sat tangled until our asses
numbed and our joints cried uncle
and we argued about money and the dog
and how you never tell me I’m sexy
until after you pull out. But this must be
real love though, right? Because we stayed
in that porcelain coffin until the sun
clocked out. Until our toes and fingers
sulked in on themselves. Because
even after the water cooled and emptied
back into the ocean, we still stayed—
holding each other, arguing, crumpled
together in that tub not meant for two
or even someone your size—until
the candles burned out, until we were dry.
- Sierra DeMulder
Pansies - Andrea Gibson
Melissa May - “Dear Ursula” (WoWPS 2014)
"You, big lady, were the only Disney character who ever looked like me. And while you may not have had the waist line of a princess, I’ll be goddamned if you didn’t have the swagger of a queen."
Performing during prelims at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Melissa placed 7th overall in the tournament.
Uh, hey! Here’s a thing I did! Thank you button poetry for this gorgeous video!
Bianca Phipps - “Almosts” (CUPSI 2014)
"Words can only help you if you speak them. I never told you that I loved you. You never told me you were dying."
Performing for the University of Northern Colorado at the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.
a suitcase opens
than a heart
is one thing
you can never
Sierra DeMulder // “Today Means Amen”
"The word today means amen in every language. Today, we made it. Today, I’m gonna love you. Today, the box cutter will rust in the garbage. Today, the noose will forget how to hold you. Today. Today."
Unbelievably excited to finally release this project. Please share, spread Sierra’s beautiful words, positivity, energy.
It’s here! Watch! Share! We made it, today. XO
We are excited to announce that tomorrow, we will be releasing the video of TODAY MEANS AMEN, a project with Button poet and two-time National Poetry Slam champion Sierra DeMulder. We’ve been working on this one for a while, and we can’t wait for y’all to see it!
——I’m posting this again because I want to make sure people see it!——
I am so excited to finally announce the release of my new video for my poem Today Means Amen! buttonpoetry is releasing it tomorrow, but before we share it, I’d like to provide a quick yet sincere apology. A little over a year ago, I got the idea of making a video for this poem. I immediately jumped online and asked for photo submissions of people holding signs that said “I made it.”
I got so many wonderful submissions and I am so grateful for each of them! However, in my spontaneity, I didn’t stop to think about how my talented editors at Button would actually fit all 100+ photo submissions into a 4-minute film. Also, I should have requested photos with more specific requirements. I didn’t think about the necessity for a certain level of resolution and size for consistency. Due to my shortcomings, we were unfortunately not able to include all submissions and for that, I truly apologize. Once I realized my error, I wanted to scrap all the video and only include your photographs! But…that would be equally disrespectful to my wonderful and hardworking videographers who volunteered their time.
I am so sincerely thankful for each and everyone who contributed. Your encouragement, your support, and your powerful photos inspired me beyond belief. I carry your faces with me daily. I am planning on posting some of the photos that weren’t included in the video and I would love for you to continue to tag me in more #imadeit photos. I’ll reblog them here!
All my love,
He did it. He actually managed to describe how it feels to live with depression and suicidal tendencies.
this is really, really important
This guy is amazing I love his stuff
I have never met a heavy heart that wasn’t a phone booth with a red cape inside.