You Shouldn't Let Poets Lie to You

You Shouldn't Let Poets Lie to You

A Poem by Stoop Kid

Title is a reference to an old Björk interview; I never quite understood what she could have meant until a few months ago—and I'm guilty; but I mean well.


I meant for you to think about it
on the next train-ride home
how I would have said it
if I illustrated how remedies
for a lonely Tuesday evening
come in the way you wake

the little hairs in my ear
through transmission towers and
soft-breathed cues.

but my moxie doesn't come
in a big enough wrench, so I remain
wherever (if ever) I operate
in the mechanics behind your smile,
at least cherishing the reassurance
in seeing that you get to know
the best parts about your happiest days

(because it was long overdue.)

and as I do, I mean to
so that you could see
within the inarticulate man
that where I adore you,

I instead let your feet

take you as you please,

knowing better than I let up

that I meant to say I don't really
have any plans for the summer,

but I'd rather be sitting on your stoop when
June rolls along and my feet are
twenty-two years exhausted,

and my heart another year swollen
from hearing how you say my name
and keeping it a secret between me
and my fear that it is not
how you intend to say it.

© 2014 Stoop Kid

Author's Note

Stoop Kid
All errors intentional, hope everyone enjoys YSLPLTY; had some feelings that've really struck me for some months, and just had to get some of the weight off my chest. The release felt right, even if these thoughts don't find themselves in the company of who I mean to hear them most.

I'm always open for suggestions and feedback! Thank you for reading!

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Added on March 4, 2014
Last Updated on March 4, 2014
Tags: inarticulate, unrequited, poets, habits, misunderstood, fear, adoration, call, happy, free-verse, speak, candor, moxie, man, romance, life


Stoop Kid
Stoop Kid

Bayport, NY

I'm Vincent, but I do love nicknames. Stoop Kid is my penname. 21 June 10th, 1992 - Monkey/Gemini INFJ - The Counselor Idealist/The Confidant The Dreamy Idealist Gemini Hooper/Lacer.. more..