Do not fall in love
With people like me
With the people who will only reel you in
And make you fall in love with their sickly sweet words
In how they’d take a bullet if it meant saving you
Because they would want nothing more than to make you happy.

Do not fall in love with people like me
We will love you so hard
That you’ll turn into a jewel
And then people will come to wonder at your beauty—
Only to see us in the reflection.

People like me will care about you so much
That you’ll end up wanting to get closer
To let us in your secret world.
We will eat it all up
And if you try to leave, we will stick like superglue
So that you can never get rid of us.
We will make you feel so guilty
For breaking our hearts, that you’ll keep us around, so you won’t feel bad.

We are volcanoes ready to erupt
We will spill hot lava all over you just
So you can feel the burn we feel
When you won’t want us anymore.
And then you will finally understand why volcanoes
Are named after some people.
We were given the curse of feeling too much
But the blessing of making others feel things they haven’t felt in a while.

My kind will make sure that if someone is looking into your eyes
Or touching your skin, all they will see and feel are us.
We will take a needle and draw us on your eye lids
So that every time you close your eyes, all that you will see are us.
We will give the world to you, but we’re greedy.
We want to take all your love for ourselves
And leave none for anyone else.

We are the needy
We need validation every day that you still want us
Because we do not understand how someone so lovely
Could want someone such as us
And if you are silent
We will think you never loved us at all
And make ourselves believe ugly false words

Do not fall in love with people like me.
People like me who will take hold of you and never let you go.
We will in-grave you in our hearts forever
With the intent of love but end up leaving destruction in your wake.

Tealia Imani, inspired by Caitlyn Siehl “Do Not Fall In Love With People Like Me.” (via vxis)