I was really big into the LA poetry scene and I had quite the stage crush on Rives.
I heard this piece again today and was reminded how much I really love it, especially:
“Just so you know
my weird mind wanders and
my brave heart breaks
I’ve nailed some milestones but I make mistakes
‘Cause I got more faults than a map of California earthquakes…”
And then there’s Compliment with him and Joshua. I love this version with my whole heart. Anterior vena cava and all.
“…you’re more like a sunflower growing in the courtyard of an old folks’ home
you mean things to people on a daily basis
and this petty poem won’t explain
just how my favorite your face is…”
There’s another version I have where he goes on to say, “but I wish I’d been your bathroom mirror the day they took off your braces.” With or without it, that part destroys me in the best possible way.
I think I may just relive that crush for the rest of the night. 🙂