shecriestearssoffreedom:

I love more.
I will always love more.
I need to find God again
So for once,
I can feel what it’s like
To be loved more.

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If you can’t cook, how will you take care of your wife?
— said no mother, ever.  (via heartheraindrops-fall)

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when she was 7, a boy pushed her on the playground
she fell headfirst into the dirt and came up with a mouthful of gravel and lines of blood chasing each other down her legs
when she told her teacher what happened, she laughed and said ‘boys will be boys honey don’t let it bother you
he probably just thinks you’re cute’
but the thing is,
when you tell a little girl who has rocks in her teeth and scabs on her knees that hurt and attention are the same
you teach her that boys show their affection through aggression
and she grows into a young woman who constantly mistakes the two
because no one ever taught her the difference
‘boys will be boys’
turns into
‘that’s how he shows his love’
and bruises start to feel like the imprint of lips
she goes to school with a busted mouth in high school and says she was hit with a basketball instead of his fist
the one adult she tells scolds her
‘you know he loses his temper easily
why the hell did you have to provoke him?’
so she shrinks
folds into herself, flinches every time a man raises his voice
by the time she’s 16 she’s learned her job well
be quiet, be soft, be easy
don’t give him a reason
but for all her efforts, he still finds one
‘boys will be boys’ rings in her head
‘boys will be boys
he doesn’t mean it
he can’t help it’
she’s 7 years old on the playground again
with a mouth full of rocks and blood that tastes like copper love
because boys will be boys baby don’t you know
that’s just how he shows he cares
she’s 18 now and they’re drunk
in the split second it takes for her words to enter his ears they’re ruined
like a glass heirloom being dropped between the hands of generations
she meant them to open his arms but they curl his fists and suddenly his hands are on her and her head hits the wall and all of the goddamn words in the world couldn’t save them in this moment
she touches the bruise the next day
boys will be boys
aggression, affection, violence, love
how does she separate them when she learned so early that they’re inextricably bound, tangled in a constant tug-of-war
she draws tally marks on her walls ratios of kisses to bruises
one entire side of her bedroom turns purple, one entire side of her body
boys will be boys will be boys will be boys
when she’s 20, a boy touches her hips and she jumps
he asks her who the hell taught her to be scared like that and she wants to laugh
doesn’t he know that boys will be boys?
it took her 13 years to unlearn that lesson from the playground
so I guess what I’m trying to say is
i will talk until my voice is hoarse so that my little sister understands that aggression and affection are two entirely separate things
baby they exist in difference universes
my niece can’t even speak yet but I think I’ll start with her now
don’t ever accept the excuse that boys will be boys
don’t ever let him put his hands on you like that
if you see hate blazing in his eyes don’t you ever confuse it with love
baby love won’t hurt when it comes
you won’t have to hide it under long sleeves during the summer
and
the only reason he should ever reach out his hand
is to hold yours

Fortesa Latifi - Boys Will Be Boys 

(And Why That Is The Stupidest Thing You Could Ever Say To A Little Girl)

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Paradoxically, the ability to be alone is the condition for the ability to love.
— Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving (via quotes-shape-us)

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I sat watchful at the gate of my Heart and let no one in except God.
— Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (a.s.)

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You don’t know love until you know of Allah’s Love. You think love is a feeling, that love is butterflies, that love comes from attraction, that love can be broken, you think there can be an absence of love. How then do you know of Allah’s love? That the Creator has fashioned you, then He clothed you, then He sustained you, then He gave you, then He raised you, then He forgave you, then He brought you closer, then He smiled upon you. There was never a moment that Allah did not love you. How many times did you turn away, yet never once did the Creator turn away from you. How many times did you disobey Him, yet never once did He withhold His Sustenance from reaching your plate. How many times did you ask of Him, never once has He asked of you anything that He has created. How then, can we claim to love and to know what love is, when we have not even understood the magnitude of our Creator’s Love?
Have you ever had that feeling? That you’d like to go to a whole different place and become a whole different self?
— Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (via aukles)

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The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.
— Unknown (via oofpoetry)

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