Yrsa Daley-Ward

all words (c) Yrsa Daley-Ward 2014

Bone. Title poem from #bone, out now.
Life. This summer. #summer #body

“and that’s how the lonely folk
catch you – they know how to come
dressed up as all of the things you need.”

—   

(Source: thiswillnotlast)

nayyirahwaheed:

summer giveaway winners, loves :)))

nayyirahwaheed:

summer giveaway winners, loves :)))

nayyirahwaheed:

loves,
bone. visceral. close to. stark.
it’s finally here !!!
'bone' by yrsa daley-ward is now available at:
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enjoy loves !!!!

You don’t often make time for self loathing
but today is a different type of day.

In the afternoon, you meet up with an ex lover’s ex best friend in London
here for the day on business.
Over a drink and, ‘it’s so good to see you after two years’
you learn,
a) The wound is still sore.
b) Your ex lied and cheated, often.
c) The ‘friend’ finds you beautiful.

You enjoy the last fact. The other two are burning a hole in your throat
but you enjoy the last fact until, five glasses of wine later,
they miss their flight
and you wind up together in a hotel bed with starched sheets.

So it happens,
(as things do)
and in the end everything just feels a little stale
and, mostly, you just feel like the tissue paper
in the bin or the half cup of water
or the do not disturb sign
…redundant

and you both say ‘bye without kissing,
the hug is a useless lie,
they get a later flight. You catch the night bus home.

—   Yrsa Daley-Ward

Yrsa Daley-Ward at TED

(Source: thiswillnotlast, via thiswillnotlast)

nayyirahwaheed:

loves,
yrsa, tapiwa, and i want to thank you for all the support and honey you have given us :))) we thought to return some of this beautiful energy by hosting a summer reading giveaway beginning July thru August. (we also hope to collect a list of all of your favorite people of color writers and their works, and create a resource reading list :))) so loves, enter. spread the word. and we hope you’re having a wonderful summer. happy reading !!!

nayyirahwaheed:

loves,

yrsa, tapiwa, and i want to thank you for all the support and honey you have given us :))) we thought to return some of this beautiful energy by hosting a summer reading giveaway beginning July thru August. (we also hope to collect a list of all of your favorite people of color writers and their works, and create a resource reading list :))) so loves, enter. spread the word. and we hope you’re having a wonderful summer. happy reading !!!

(via nayyirahwaheed)

“tonight. under the moon.
choose you.”

—   nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)

(via nayyirahwaheed)

thiswillnotlast:

More pieces of ‘bone’. Out now on Amazon!

(via nayyirahwaheed)

tapiwamugabe:

a selection of poems from Zimbabwe

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nayyirahwaheed:

hooraychelle:

The Love That Will Be Ready
Words by nayyirahwaheed

When I first read this piece of work by Nayyirah Waheed, I immediately thought back to this past year, about how hard it was to give love to others while having enough left over for myself.

And it gave me a lot of peace to read it. And to understand that the healing I have been working on for so long does not mean I am selfish has been revolutionary for me. To learn to love myself is revolutionary for me. Growing up in an Asian family, it has truly been a conflict to learn how to balance loving others while loving myself.

I understand that having been left/abandoned means I was not ready. I left someone on the bridge, and someone left me on the bridge soon after. It takes time. And while I don’t believe the whole “No one will love you if you don’t love yourself” ordeal, I do strongly believe that putting yourself first — your needs, your well-being, your heart — is so, so important. I cannot stress that enough.

"The love that will be ready" — that is the love you have locked away for yourself. I genuinely hope you allow yourself to accept it. It has always been yours.


Raychelle Duazo

beautiful interpretation of this piece. beautiful artwork. i am both honored and eased, knowing that my words have brought this amazing artist peace. and that it has inspired their art. this is amazing.

nayyirahwaheed:

five star review for yrsa daley-ward’s 'bone'