Rose's view

The World in her eye's

buttonpoetry:

Kaycee Filson - “Hush”

"Let me smile all the hurt out of you with my shining teeth."

Performing during prelims at the 2014 National Poetry Slam. Subscribe to Button on YouTube!

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keasby-nights:

Neil Hilborn // “Punk Rock John”

Wow I really loved this. Totally describes what music is for me. 

buttonpoetry:

Pages Matam, Elizabeth Acevedo & G. Yamazawa - “Unforgettable” 

"My name wasn’t given to me. It was given to the rest of the country."

Our first poem from this year’s National Poetry slam champions, Beltway Poetry Slam from Washington D.C. We can’t wait to share more of their work with you.

overavoidance:

The first time I came out to my mother

All I needed to tell her was that I’m

'not straight'. Straight is a word she understands 

and ‘not straight’ is just something

other than that

My relationship with my mother is more important to me than any label

So I couldn’t risk confusing her

This just isn’t a conversation small-towns know the words for

My mother was the first female pastor in Mauston, Wisconsin

Every Sunday she preaches to a church of less than two hundred

In this town

'queer' is still an excuse

To forget my order at the Daily Grind Cafe

And charge me extra when they finally get it right

To not want my mother to baptise their children

Because clearly she did something wrong with me

To them

'queer' is not a word reclaimed

Not worthy of pride

I am not safe being myself here

I came out to my mother a year after I realised I could never be happy 

in this town

I was so afraid for her to see I was choosing honesty over safety

I am still afraid she thinks I made the wrong choice

She tells me she dreams my death every night

Tells me 

'wear a dress to church'

don’t talk about my girlfriend

just pretend like I belong here

But I can’t do those things

Even if I cover my tattoos and don’t speak up in public

I can’t hide who I am

She is trying to learn what queer means

I tell her for me, it’s mostly about the people I’m attracted to

But it’s a complicated identity, I say

Don’t assume it’s the same for everyone

My mother has accepted that she won’t always get it right

But she’s still trying

She no longer uses gender pronouns for God

even in her sermons

She bought me men’s dress shirts

for my job interviews

She gave me a bible that uses ‘human’ instead of ‘man’

She asked me to teach her how to tie a bow-tie

My mother might always flinch when I use the word ‘queer’

But I know it’s not because of me

To her, that word is less my identity and more target,

More reason to lock the doors at night

more praying I come home from work alive

So if it’s easier 

for her to think of me as just ‘not straight’

Then, fine

She thinks I’ll be safer if we don’t use that word

And I can’t bring myself to tell her she’s wrong

I don’t blame her for wanting to be a little less afraid

My mother 

is gossipy-quilting circles

midnight hospital visits

Bible studies at the Christian Cafe

Small town religion

As much as I may want her to, she cannot change that.

She cannot leave this place

even though she knows it’s not safe for me here

But

in the only email I saved from her she tells me

'I will love you

however you need me to love you’

And I believe her

even though neither of us knows 

what that looks like yet

Wyatt Kat Fleckenstein

buttonpoetry:

Kevin Yang - “How to Love Your Introvert”

"Just because I cannot commit the act of small talk does not mean I don’t have huge things to say."

This poem specifically has a Tumblr callout, so we had to. Also, we love Kevin Yang.

nataliaromxnovx:

Bow down to this absolute queen

"The Period Poem" by Dominique Christina

navajo-nation:

A Contestant’s regalia glimmers with nobility during the 44th Annual Western Navajo Fair’s Pow Wow in Tuba City, Arizona.

navajo-nation:

A Contestant’s regalia glimmers with nobility during the 44th Annual Western Navajo Fair’s Pow Wow in Tuba City, Arizona.

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giddytf2:

propertyofseverustsnape:

neonbrightblack:

Probably the best sentence to both to put people in their place and simultaneously start a party.

always reblog

Yes.

giddytf2:

propertyofseverustsnape:

neonbrightblack:

Probably the best sentence to both to put people in their place and simultaneously start a party.

always reblog

Yes.

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