Tentei enchar meus pulmões de ar gelado/I tried to replace my lungs with icy air 

by Rosa Stern Pait

Tentei encher meus pulmões de ar gelado

Tentei trocar o gosta da minha boca com o gosto de hortelã

Tentei trocar meus pensamentos com o ruído dos meus ouvidos

Tentei fazer dos meus ossos algo grosso e viscoso para que quando um terremoto sacudisse seu corpo eu

poderia aguentar, absorber, acalmar minha superficie e empurrar os tremores pra fundo

Tentei dissolver a parede das suas costas

com meus beijos ardentes

Mas meus pulmões ficarão nas costelas

Minha lingua ficou dentro da minha boca

Meus ossos ficarão embrulhados em carne e pelo

e não posso aguentar un terremoto

nem para você.


I tried to replace my lungs with icy air

I tried to replace my lungs with icy air

I tried to replace the taste of my mouth with mint

I tried to replace thoughts in my head with with pounding in my ears

I tried to make my bones into something thick and viscous so that when an earthquake shook your body I

could take it, absorb it, return to calm on the surface and put the tremors deep within my gut

I tried to dissolve the wall of your back

with my acid kisses

But my lungs are still in my ribcage

my tongue is still in my mouth

my bones are surrounded by meat and hair

and I cannot take an earthquake

not even for you.

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rosa stern pait (they/them): always finding a joke. stopped shaving years ago. convinced they would look like gwyneth paltrow if they got their act together. spent an hour screenshotting perfume genius tweets. talks like an elf trying to make a bargain. writes poems about fish? is one? pees frequently. big fan of crying later. ask them about their diva cup. just finished mad men. don't call them rosie.