Maniacs & Manics

Nicole teaches intensity

Nicole Lyons

You understand words

like, ‘empty’, ‘dry’, and ‘nothing’,

but you’ll never know

what hollow feels like

because your mind

will never take you under.

It won’t swallow the smile

from your daughter’s face

before it ever reaches your eyes.

You understand words

like, ‘full’, ‘vibrant’, and ‘ecstasy’,

but you’ll never know

what euphoria feels like

when you walk body hot,

on a wet summer’s day

into a cool room,

worlds colliding on your skin.

You call me crazy

because I feel everything.

And I feel sorry for you

because you don’t.

© Nicole Lyons 2016

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