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Aliens, Coastlines, and All the Right Things to Say

by Megan Guimbellot

I want to measure the weight of my world against the weight of yours
And if the measurements are even, we can balance each other out
The counterweight easing the pressure of how they rest on our shoulders
And we can stretch our tired backs and stand up straight, even if only for the most fleeting of moments.

And if we are lucky we can slip away and leave our respective worlds hanging, balanced in that massive set of scales so that they won’t roll over and squash us, or spill their oceans onto our living room floor, staining our carpet with saltwater, krill, and old diver’s masks.
We can make a break for the freedom of no roof above our heads//Only the hood of your old car beneath our backs as we point and make wishes on shooting stars that are probably really high flying planes, or space stations, or just aliens pointing back at us.

And when it rains we will drive down to the nearest coast to splash in the surf//it won’t matter if we are fully clothed because it’s hottest after a storm and we can air dry in the sand.
We will be limitless,

And salty.

We will have the ability to say how we feel without worrying about the reactions that follow because nothing could be worse than never saying it at all and nothing could be better than finding what you've been searching for.
We will be all hearts, and hands, and good, honest emotion that fill us up until we are bursting at the seams with everything we’ve ever dreamed of.

So set all your troubles beside mine and we can slip away,
Because I’m feeling dreamy and free and light and it would be nice to feel that way with you.


Author's Note: I fall in love every single day and with everyone around me. I can't help it, I'm a poet. But you're something else entirely.

Posted on 07/19/2010
Copyright © 2021 Megan Guimbellot

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 07/19/10 at 09:45 PM

It would be great to not even think of repercussions from the things we say and to feel one could be open like the sky and allow emotion and feeling run out the mouth and see where they land.

Posted by Tom Goss on 07/19/10 at 10:50 PM

Gorgeous sentiments and flow, much enjoyed!

Posted by V. Blake on 07/20/10 at 02:16 AM

Love the title, and love your style. This is the first I've read of yours, but it won't be the last. :-)

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 07/23/10 at 08:18 PM

This is really beautiful. Glad I clicked on it. Romantic, but refreshingly unique. Maybe written to several, but it reads as if only to one. Adds to favorites.

Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 07/24/10 at 10:39 PM

this is such a wonderful piece! and it makes me miss the ocean some more.

Posted by Frankie Sanchez on 07/26/10 at 08:42 PM

this is magnetic, majestic & marvelous. i have felt this and i want to feel it again. i'm so happy that this is #1, it deserves it. this piece filled me with so much joy. thank you for sharing.

Posted by Anita Mac on 07/27/10 at 08:59 PM

This is phenomenal... And the author's note is so true to life. A new favorite.

Posted by Max Bouillet on 07/28/10 at 01:54 AM

Poetry tends to be a reflection of the poet's soul and you have a great soul. This poem is a counterpoint to most of the darkness that swallows the poetry community as of late. These words are filled with positive imagery and extols the virtues of life --actually living to the fullest every moment. Thank you for sharing this. :)

Posted by Steven Kenworthy on 07/29/10 at 10:39 AM

your poems still make me feel like a big breath of fresh air. i read almost nothing now...but this is your style, and no one else has it. Nice opening & closing line too...punchy. ;)

Posted by Glenn Currier on 07/31/10 at 03:02 PM

This poem is a dip in the ocean, its undercurrent takes me to the stars. I love the way you relate to others in it - that first line and that whole stanza had me hooked from the start. What a fascinating idea. Your big heart pulses in it. Nothing wrong with being romantic, my dear. This piece definitely sings to me. Thanks. I too am so glad I saw your poem in the top ten and clicked on it. I look forward to reading more of your work.

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 08/03/10 at 12:46 AM

I will have to read more of your poetry. I like this one very much...CharMin

Posted by V. Blake on 08/03/10 at 12:48 AM

I came back to add this to my favorites. I thought you should know.

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 04/05/11 at 06:40 PM

Absolutely, completely awesome.

Posted by Alison McKenzie on 04/06/11 at 02:08 AM

I adore this poem sooooooo much!!! I dedicated it to someone today, and it made him smile. It reads like heaven on earth, and peace, and breathing, and having a best friend to love it all with. Thank you. Best POTD EVER!!!! (oh, and straight into FAVS)!!!

Posted by Mo Couts on 07/09/11 at 03:19 AM

Wow...just wow!

Posted by Richard Vince on 03/05/17 at 09:51 PM

Wonderfully evocative. Just superb.

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