Sometimes I lie awake at night with a gape in my gut. It’s a little like a cramp except it’s a chasm, and it pulls apart the strings in my stomach until everything’s untied and open. Like something should reach inside and rearrange my soul. Like someone should fill me up with too many colors and whispered assurance, and the powdered sugar that comes from donuts and gets on top of seventh grade lip gloss on the hood of someone’s older brother’s car.
I don’t know where the chasm comes from, but I know this: it has nothing to do with nothingness, that feeling in the pit of your heart when you understand infinity exists and it does’t care about you.
This gap is different because it’s not connected to fear, or galaxies or god. It’s an emptiness that’s only yours, reaching out of your stomach and into the world, grabbing for anything and anyone that might close it.
Last night, I tried to fall asleep to get it to go away, but all I saw was your sneakers, Sharpie stained and scribbled with skulls, and I wish you could draw the same ones in my heart to seam it up.
That seems really unlikely, though, so I guess I’ll try pizza.
[LILA SHAARA - AM I THE IMAGINARY SOCIALITE?]