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  • #1
    Neil Hilborn
    “When the winds are picking up, when
    the sea around you turns from blue to grey,
    when the sky grows veins of light
    before you, let your arms become sails.
    Keep the lighthouse at your back.”
    Neil Hilborn, Our Numbered Days

  • #2
    Neil Hilborn
    “You no longer think of suicide as a house you will build one day.”
    Neil Hilborn, Our Numbered Days

  • #3
    Neil Hilborn
    “That parallel parking is like making love but more difficult and in public.”
    Neil Hilborn, Our Numbered Days

  • #4
    Neil Hilborn
    “So now we're here and we are not dead, and Mom, what's more punk rock than living despite all that which has tried to make you not?”
    Neil Hilborn

  • #5
    Neil Hilborn
    “She imagines me full of dead things, re-consuming that which I am trying to grow out of.”
    Neil Hilborn, Our Numbered Days

  • #6
    Neil Hilborn
    “I think a lot about killing myself, not like a point on a map but rather like a glowing exit sign at a show that’s never been quite bad enough to make me want to leave. See, when I’m up I don’t kill myself because, holy shit, there’s so much left to do. When I’m down I don’t kill myself because then the sadness would be over, and the sadness is my old paint under the new. The sadness is the house fire or the broken shoulder: I’d still be me without it but I’d be so boring.”
    Neil Hilborn, The Future

  • #7
    Neil Hilborn
    “my house only felt like a home underwater, in floods; my father was an astronaut because to me stars or the distant flashing of satellites seemed closer than wherever he was; when”
    Neil Hilborn, Our Numbered Days

  • #8
    Neil Hilborn
    “whatever you are feeling right now, there is a mathematical certainty that someone is feeling that exact thing. This is not to say you aren’t special. This is to say thank god you aren’t special.”
    Neil Hilborn, Our Numbered Days

  • #9
    Neil Hilborn
    “I'm not going to tell you how to live your life, but maybe you should listen to your feet when they tell you to run the fuck away. Maybe you should get out of here, then get out some more.”
    Neil Hilborn, Our Numbered Days

  • #10
    Neil Hilborn
    “Things that I Hope Are True about Heaven

    That the radio always plays what would have been your favourite songs. That there's always coffee if you want it. That you're there. That it's real.”
    Neil Hilborn, Our Numbered Days

  • #11
    Neil Hilborn
    “How to kill yourself without hurting anyone.

    Don't.”
    Neil Hilborn, Our Numbered Days

  • #12
    Rudy Francisco
    “I was told
    The average girl begins to plan her wedding at the age of 7
    She picks the colors and the cake first
    By the age of 10
    She knows time,
    And location
    By 17
    She’s already chosen a gown
    2 bridesmaids
    And a maid of honor
    By 23
    She’s waiting for a man
    Who wont break out in hives when he hears the word “commitment”
    Someone who doesn’t smell like a Band-Aid drenched in lonely
    Someone who isn’t a temporary solution to the empty side of the bed
    Someone
    Who’ll hold her hand like it’s the only one they’ve ever seen
    To be honest
    I don’t know what kind of tux I’ll be wearing
    I have no clue what want my wedding will look like
    But I imagine
    The women who pins my last to hers
    Will butterfly down the aisle
    Like a 5 foot promise
    I imagine
    Her smile
    Will be so large that you’ll see it on google maps
    And know exactly where our wedding is being held
    The woman that I plan to marry
    Will have champagne in her walk
    And I will get drunk on her footsteps
    When the pastor asks
    If I take this woman to be my wife
    I will say yes before he finishes the sentence
    I’ll apologize later for being impolite
    But I will also explain him
    That our first kiss happened 6 years ago
    And I’ve been practicing my “Yes”
    For past 2, 165 days
    When people ask me about my wedding
    I never really know what to say
    But when they ask me about my future wife
    I always tell them
    Her eyes are the only Christmas lights that deserve to be seen all year long
    I say
    She thinks too much
    Misses her father
    Loves to laugh
    And she’s terrible at lying
    Because her face never figured out how to do it correctl
    I tell them
    If my alarm clock sounded like her voice
    My snooze button would collect dust
    I tell them
    If she came in a bottle
    I would drink her until my vision is blurry and my friends take away my keys
    If she was a book
    I would memorize her table of contents
    I would read her cover-to-cover
    Hoping to find typos
    Just so we can both have a few things to work on
    Because aren’t we all unfinished?
    Don’t we all need a little editing?
    Aren’t we all waiting to be proofread by someone?
    Aren’t we all praying they will tell us that we make sense
    She don’t always make sense
    But her imperfections are the things I love about her the most
    I don’t know when I will be married
    I don’t know where I will be married
    But I do know this
    Whenever I’m asked about my future wife
    I always say
    …She’s a lot like you”
    Rudy Francisco

  • #13
    Rudy Francisco
    “Failure is when you talk yourself out of becoming something amazing.”
    Rudy Francisco

  • #14
    Rudy Francisco
    “Dear Hands, I get it. You like writing poetry. But you can’t bring a metaphor to a gunfight.”
    Rudy Francisco

  • #15
    Rudy Francisco
    “The human heart beats approximately 4,000 times per hour and each pulse, each throb, each palpitation is a trophy engraved with the words ‘you are still alive.’ You are still alive. Act like it.”
    Rudy Francisco

  • #16
    Rudy Francisco
    “My hobbies include editing my life story, hiding behind metaphors

    And trying to convince my shadow that I’m someone worth following”
    Rudy Francisco

  • #17
    Rudy Francisco
    “She asks me to kill the spider.
    Instead, I get the most
    peaceful weapons I can find.

    I take a cup and a napkin.
    I catch the spider, put it outside
    and allow it to walk away.

    If I am ever caught in the wrong place
    at the wrong time, just being alive
    and not bothering anyone,

    I hope I am greeted
    with the same kind
    of mercy.”
    Rudy Francisco, Helium

  • #18
    Rudy Francisco
    “I'm learning that everything doesn't always come back the way you send it. Sometimes, love is more brick and less boomerang.”
    Rudy Francisco, No Gravity

  • #19
    Rudy Francisco
    “The difference between a garden and a graveyard is only what you choose to put in the ground”
    Rudy Francisco, Helium

  • #20
    Rudy Francisco
    “On May 26th, 2003,
    Aaron Ralston was hiking,
    a boulder fell on his right hand,
    he waited four days,
    he then amputated
    his own arm with a pocketknife.

    On New Year’s Eve,
    a woman was bungee jumping,
    the cord broke,
    she fell into a river
    and had to swim back to land
    in crocodile-infested waters
    with a broken collarbone.

    Claire Champlin was smashed in the face
    by a five-pound watermelon
    being propelled by a slingshot.

    Mathew Brobst was hit by a javelin.

    David Striegl was actually
    punched in the mouth by a kangaroo.

    The most amazing part of these stories
    is when asked about the experience
    they all smiled, shrugged and said
    “I guess things could’ve been worse.”

    So go ahead,
    tell me you’re having a bad day.

    Tell me about the traffic.
    Tell me about your boss.
    Tell me about the job you’ve been trying to quit for the past four years.
    Tell me the morning is just a townhouse burning to the ground and the snooze button is a fire extinguisher.

    Tell me the alarm clock
    stole the keys to your smile,
    drove it into 7 am
    and the crash totaled your happiness.
    Tell me.
    Tell me how blessed are we to have tragedy
    so small it can fit on the tips of our tongues.

    When Evan lost his legs he was speechless.
    When my cousin was assaulted
    she didn’t speak for 48 hours.
    When my uncle was murdered,
    we had to send out a search party
    to find my father’s voice.

    Most people have no idea
    that tragedy and silence
    often have the exact same address.

    When your day is a museum of disappointments,
    hanging from events that were outside of your control,
    when you feel like your guardian angel put in his two weeks notice two months ago
    and just decided not to tell you,
    when it seems like God
    is just a babysitter that’s always on the phone,
    when you get punched in the esophagus by a fistful of life.

    Remember,
    every year
    two million people die of dehydration.
    So it doesn’t matter if
    the glass is half full or half empty.
    There’s water in the cup.
    Drink it and stop complaining.

    Muscle is created by lifting things
    that are designed to weigh us down.
    When your shoulders are heavy
    stand up straight and call it exercise.
    Life is a gym membership
    with a really complicated cancellation policy.

    Remember,
    you will survive,
    things could be worse,
    and we are never given
    anything we can’t handle.
    When the whole world crumbles,
    you have to build a new one
    out of all the pieces that are still here.

    Remember,
    you are still here.
    The human heart beats
    approximately 4,000 times per hour
    and each pulse,
    each throb,
    each palpitation is a trophy,
    engraved with the words
    “You are still alive.”
    You are still alive.
    So act like it.”
    Rudy Francisco, Helium

  • #21
    Rudy Francisco
    “When you choose to be a poet,
    you become a place that people walk through
    and then leave when they are ready”
    Rudy Francisco, Helium

  • #22
    Rudy Francisco
    “you wouldn't let me
    love both of us
    at the same time”
    Rudy Francisco, Helium

  • #23
    Rudy Francisco
    “The word “repurpose”
    means to take an object
    and give it amnesia.

    It means to make something forget what
    it’s been trained to do so you can
    use it for a better reason.

    I am learning that this body is not a shotgun.
    I am learning that this body is not a pistol.
    I am learning that a man is not defined by what he can destroy.

    I am learning that a person
    who only knows how to fight
    can only communicate in violence
    and that shouldn’t be anyone’s first language.

    I am learning that the difference between
    a garden and a graveyard is only what
    you choose to put in the ground.”
    Rudy Francisco, Helium

  • #24
    Rudy Francisco
    “He sketches you as the antagonist and suddenly his transgressions become deleted scenes. He blames you for his sadness. And this is how the wolf cries boy.”
    Rudy Francisco, Helium

  • #25
    Rudy Francisco
    “Being black is one of the most extreme sports in America.
    We don't need to invent new ways of risking our lives
    because the old ones have been working for decades.”
    Rudy Francisco, Helium

  • #26
    Rudy Francisco
    “If I could I would nail these hands to the edges of stars. I would sacrifice this body to the sky hoping to resurrect as someone spiteful enough to not care about you.”
    Rudy Francisco, Helium

  • #27
    Rudy Francisco
    “I wonder how long it will take the planet to tell us we can’t live here and the locks are changed.”
    Rudy Francisco, Helium

  • #28
    Rudy Francisco
    “Let's sing loudly,
    offbeat and out of tune.
    Let the world know
    we don't care how it sounds
    because the only key we need
    is already in the ignition.”
    Rudy Francisco, Helium
    tags: life, music

  • #29
    Rudy Francisco
    “When People Ask How I’m Doing I want to say, my depression is an angry deity, a jealous god a thirsty shadow that wrings my joy like a dishrag and makes juice out of my smile. I want to say, getting out of bed has become a magic trick. I am probably the worst magician I know. I want to say, this sadness is the only clean shirt I have left and my washing machine has been broken for months, but I’d rather not ruin someone’s day with my tragic honesty so instead I treat my face like a pumpkin. I pretend that it’s Halloween. I carve it into something acceptable. I laugh and I say, “I’m doing alright.”
    Rudy Francisco, Helium

  • #30
    Rudy Francisco
    “Remember, every year two million people die of dehydration. So it doesn’t matter if the glass is half full or half empty. There’s water in the cup. Drink it and stop complaining.”
    Rudy Francisco, Helium



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