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Being touched (The possibilityBeing touched (The possibility)
To fool someone’s possible shying away
From being touched,
More than just by surface..
Deeper than just by glance.
Just like fooling my possibility to shy away
From being touched by
The possibility of touching someone else,
More than just by surface...
4. November 2011
Maya M. Salila
The Preservation of Feeling The Preservation of Feeling
This one came
Between two thoughts..
It said nothing
But said it all
And then it went away
On the same vehicle
As it arrived..
The tires still smell from burning
And the dust whirls ..
I collect its wake
Pressed between two thoughts..
Later I read,
I read between the lines..
29 July 2011
Maya M. Salila
Teenage TaoismGiving birth is the closest I’d ever felt to dying.
Before that, my near death experiences had consisted only of my silent announcement of pregnancy—silent, being that my social media accounts were all deleted almost simultaneously and I never returned to school in the fall, saying without really saying that I had caught the malicious disease of “teenage pregnancy”. I’m sure the whisper spread in the hallways like the Bubonic Plague. That September, sitting at home on what would have been the first day of my senior year, I imagined friends I’d never talk to again saying “she was only seventeen, and so full of life!” at my absence in the cafeteria tables, as if they were attending my funeral instead of talking about me behind my back.
"Full of life," I had snorted then, folding a never ending stream of what had once been my own baby clothes. "Literally."
I walked around like a zombie for the months of my pregnancy, deciding t
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