Joshua Bennett "Balaenoptera"



when we are old hair the color of tombstones bones that sound like wet windshield wipers whenever we slow-danced through the living room I imagine that I will look you in the eye as if there is something small and precious in prison there and say to you darling did you know that a blue whale has a heart the size of a car when you apply correctly as you always seem to do when I ask you difficult questions about oceanography I'll probably just laugh rejoicing over the fact that every time you smile it makes the wrinkles at the corner of your eyes look like six willow branches all lifting their heads from prayer in unison wind humming a somber him beneath its breath just as our anthem jogs to a close and I whisper in your ear how did you know that I was the one when all those well-dressed jackals came galloping to your door begging for the rights to your ring finger what made you lock the deadbolt on your ribs looking them squarely in the face and sang with joy I am saving all of this beauty for a man I've never even met did you ever doubt ever sit in your dorm room and think that maybe your soul mate had chosen someone a lot more boring but a lot less picky than you and opted for the easy way out of a life filled with love when I was 22 years old beard freshly grown an ocean away from my family with the kind of pain that drives men to do selfish barely forgivable things I dreamt of you nightly hunted for your smile and every audience that I broke for hoping that I could literally steal a glance downloaded onto my retinas and replay the moment our eyes first played freeze tag and neither one of us wanted to stop being it so we just kept on touching hoping that father time would give us a Hall Pass and allow us to orbit one another forever and speaking of orbits did you know that there are more stars in the sky than grains of sand on the entire planet and that I would give you either one if you merely asked bill the night from the sky skin like the rind of an orange or ask God if I could borrow the breeze for just a moment and blow the shoreline of every beach into a giant hourglass made just for us and say this is how long I will adore the things about you that no one else even notices like your laughs and how it sounds like a mix of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock and Sue rainstorm singing perfectly in swoon those orthopedic shoes and how they always match your cardigans perfectly those crooked glasses and how they dangle at the edge of your nose like the legs of two lovers on a tire swing the last summer they will ever see each other's face the first time I saw your face I thought wow if there were gorgeous Olympics you would be a lot and maybe I would be your cue and maybe love is a club that we both got into for free but we just haven't stopped dancing for all these decades because we really like the music in here and maybe if you asked me to our crawl through the Mane's of a movement photograph that Volkswagen sized heart of hers and placed the picture on your pillow before you at the scene when you asked me about it I probably just laughs giggling like I've got a handful of diamonds in my room say see I told you the biggest heartbeat dad ever made and now it's all yours [Applause]

35 thoughts on “Joshua Bennett "Balaenoptera"

  1. ive watched this over 20x replayed it in my hear double that & attempted to write with such conviction more than I can account for & all I can say is must be nice to have found your balaenoptera

  2. I can damn near recite this word for word, I've listened to it so much.

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  4. like do you exist?? if yes where?? this is so be
    Maybe love is a club

  5. Not one thing is sad in this poem, yet I cry. It's the utter beauty and honesty that clothes each and every word and the deep down desire to find someone one day that will be as willing to love all of me, as the man in this poem…

  6. I've watched this video so many times. This is my absolute favorite video. This is the love I can't wait to have. ♥

  7. Or ask God, If I could borrow the breeze for just a moment, and blow the shoreline of every beach into a giant hourglass made just for us, and say THIS, is how long I will adore the things about you that no one else even notices.

  8. It's not his ️️️bars that does it it's the performance

  9. Pity about all the stuff to do with God. I was the one that needed it anyway Amazing otherwise :>

  10. What type of poem is this? I know its spoken word. But I'm just curious because im thinking this is a narrative poem but im not too sure.

  11. I have watched this 5 times and still can't get enough of it, such deeply beautiful words single tear

  12. goodness me. I just had an eargasm(if that's even a word) for the first time, this is what being a wordsmith is about. shivers

  13. "And maybe love is a club, that we both got into for free. And we just haven't stop dancing for all these decades cause we really like the music in here"

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