Oh boy! Oh boys, rather! This shawty woke up ranty in the morn’!
Just for the sake of your wild imaginations, my rougher creatures, I shall confess that in the midst of my sleep today — while naked, with tan lines slowly marking their territory all over my skin — I had a thought. Well, actually, I had a muscle cramp first, in one of my calves. It came from marching in 12-inch heels yesterday eve, while strung out with endless pearls and whipping my boys with my askance glances. But after the cramp passed, the head had a moment of clarity; and then, I tossed my caramel-colored bod into a diagonal angle across the bed, and went back to my dreamin’. (I don’t have much height on me, so I tend to terrorize every bed I sleep in by assuming the least economical positions. It’s what I do: I toss ‘n’ hog.)
The thought was tiny at first: a lil’ echo from one of my Amazon’s words I read yesternight. But by the time I awoke — in my bed that looked like a war zone — the thought had grown into a Wild Thing. It had been hanging onto a plank of my canopy because that was the only space unoccupied by my petite frame; and when I opened my yes, it began swinging above my head in some silly acrobatic act that was suppose to both entertain me and to terrify.
Now as I write, the Wild Thing is still here, running around my single girl’s apartment, rummaging through the drawers of my memories, reshuffling the books of my library in search of inspirations, and braiding my Martha Stewart’s ribbon collection into its hairy body. It’s demanding my time. I’ve tried to calm it down with a saucer full of milk ‘n‘ coffee on the tiles of my kitchen floor; but it ain’t having it. It’s climbed upon the window sill in front of which I rant every morning and proceeded to stick is stubby fingers into a bottle of my honey; and as it started to gnaw on my gypsy earrings and dry-hump my still aching calf, I can ignore it no longer:
“Alright, alright you silly thing,” I pet it funny face. “What is it?”
And thusly it growls:
“Do you realize the fortune, dear gentlemen, of having the love of a woman? And if you do, how dare you waste it on your fear, or on some hideous spiel of your ego about your readiness; or a presumptuous idea that if you let that love depart, you’ll be worthy of more of it — and better kind! — in the future?
Does it stroke your egos — and your penises — when you finally get the girl you’ve been chasing? And if it does, why do you must you daydream about deserving better than what you’ve got?
And when, due to whatever juvenile bullshit your ego whispers to your mirror reflection during the morning shaving routine, when you break an angel’s heart, does your manhood grow when you watch her weep for the loss of your love? Do you feel more like a man to have a woman’s tears soak your chest? And if you do, pray do tell me, does your heart ache for her, in that very moment?
And when your angel finally gathers her belonging and the shards of her broken self-esteem and walks away, does the lingering perfume of her hair make your heart wince with missing her?
And when another woman breaks your heart by being underserving (karma’s long term memory — is a bitch), do you remember us: An army of angels who’ve made you better men; and for the risk of having your love, committed themselves to falling?”
Damn, you Wild Thing! You growl with poetry!
Ow! And there it goes, onto the next thing. It’s gotten a hold of my old, tortured flip-phone and started flossing its fangs with it. I got my hands full with this Thing, so I show it how to work it. Now, it’s scrawling through the archives of my messages in search of some tender words from my recent lover.
“Oh, he’s gone, my darling,” I respond to the disappointed little face now confronting me, “and so are the messages.”
It whimpers. I know, baby. I know.
I take over the phone and download the words that birthed this Wild Thing into being in the first place: The words from a co-hurting angel who’s been letting me borrow her halo while I healed:
“[Men] must chase, hunt,” she’s written, “and as soon as they feel they’ve caught you, had you totally… sexually, emotionally… as soon as you’re theirs for the taking, they no longer want it. I fucking hate it, and it terrifies me.”
Amen, my darling. Such is the sad coincidence in too many tales I’ve overheard from other angels, fallen for the sake of love.
Men must hunt, in pursuit of better opportunities, situations and loves. In this day and age, they no longer need to do it on women’s behalf, for we are often capable of doing it for ourselves. But if they must carry-on hunting, how I wish they wouldn’t get greedy — even if only for the sake of their own selves! Because an angel’s love does not take away their freedom in pursuit of beauty — it opens their hearts to comprehending it. It forgives the past mistakes of their mothers or resuscitates the futures they may have given-up on due to previous heartbreaks. So, I wish our glorious men would learn to recognize their angels when they see them — to be wise enough to unload their bows and guns, to land their messy heads upon their bosoms — and to give this whole hunting act a rest.
Shh. The Wild Thing has fallen asleep, still clutching my useless phone in its paw; and suddenly, it looks like the little thing that woke me in the middle of the night. There, there, my darling. There, there.