dear love,

By: Barbara Jane Reyes

you dream in the language of dodging bullets and

artillery fire.

new, sexy diagnoses have been added to the lexicon on your behalf

("charlie don't surf," has also been added to the

lexicon on your behalf.)

in this home that is not our home, we have

mutually exiled each

other. I walk down your street in the rain, and I do

not call you. I

walk in the opposite direction of where I know to find you. that we

do not speak is louder than bombs.

there are times that missing you is a matter of

procedure. now is

not one of those times. there are times when

missing you hurts. so

it comes to this, vying for geography. there is a

prayer stuck in my

throat. douse me in gasoline, my love, and strike a

match. let's see

this prayer ignite to high heaven.

Main Idea

In the first stanza, it talks about bullets and artillery fire. And to me its saying that this couple is arguing with each other. Then in the second stanza, it's like they aren't talking to each other almost like ignoring or avoiding each other and just don't want to be around each other. And in the last stanza, though they have fought, they are starting to miss each other and its hurts. And the last sentences since they have this unhealthy relationship, its like setting each other on fire. Its setting their hearts on fire.

I chose this poem because...

It caught my attention, at first I didn't understand the first part and as I read on I understood it better. And I guess I could relate to it in some ways. From the first time I read it, I thought it was about a couple that had been through a break up and how they weren't speaking to each other. And that's understandable, because sounds like stuff that I have been through, and about how they start to miss that person and it hurts. And I like the ending, to me it said to light me up on fire and let me fade away.

Song Lyrics

On the first page of our story

The future seemed so bright

Then this thing turned out so evil

I don't know why I'm still surprised

Even angels have their wicked schemes

And you take that to new extremes

But you'll always be my hero

Even thought you're lost your mind


Just gonna stand there and watch me burn

But that's all right because I like the way it hurts

Just gonna stand there and hear me cry

But that's all right because I love the way you lie

I love the way you lie

Oh, I love the way you lie

Now there's gravel in our voices

Glass is shattered from the fight

In this tug of war you'll always win

Even when I'm right

'Cause you feed me fables from your hand

With violent words and empty threats

And it's sick that all these battles

Are what keeps me satisfied


So maybe I'm a masochist

I try to run but I don't wanna leave

'Til the walls are goin' up

In smoke with all out memories

It's morning, you wake, a sun ray hits your face

Smeared makeup as we lay in the wake of destruction

Hush baby, speak softly, tell me you'really awfully sorry

That you pushed me into the coffee table last night

So I can push you off me

Try and touch me so I can scream at you not to touch me

Run out the room and I'll follow you like a lost puppy

Baby, without you I'm nothing, I'm so lost, hug me

Then tell me how ugly I am, but that you'll always love me

Then after that, shove me, in the aftermath of the

Destructive path that we're on, two psychopaths but we

Know that no matter how many knives we put in each other's back

That we'll have each other's backs, cause we're that lucky

Together, we move mountains, let's not make mountains out of mokehills,

You hit me twice, yeah, but who's countin'?

I may have hit you three times, I'm startin' to lose count

But together, we'll live forever, we found the youth fountain

Our love is crazy, we're nuts, but I refuse counsellin'

This house is too huge, if you move out I'll burn all two thousand

Square feet of it to the ground, ain't nothin' you can do about it

'Cause with you I'm in my mind, without you I'm out of it


I love the way you lie [3x]

Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie ft. Eminem (Official Video)


The song "Love The Way You Lie" is about a couple that have problems. They fight and argue but they can't get away from each other because they love each other. It's an unhealthy relationship, but its how they love each other. And this song fits this poem perfectly. They don't talk to each other, but they start to miss them, to the point that it hurts them. And the symbolism is them being on fire like the poem says at the end.


Does it make us argue and fight?

Does it ignore us?

Does it miss us when we are gone?

Or is it a camouflage for what resembles rage?

Perhaps its why we stay up at night

It's the thing we dream about

It can make us feel like we are going nowhere sometimes

But it is what keeps us alive

It's what holds us together

It is what is left at the end of the day

When we are no longer young and beautiful

And it is what sends us to our grave

This is love.