Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Nature Of Hands

Remember: When you touch someone's hand and their hand feels cold, your hand feels warm to them.

Don’t be afraid to hold cold hands.

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Middle Of The Bridge

I didn’t ask you here so you could like me.

I asked you here so that someone would know who I was.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Unsureness Of Being

“Say it again but sound sure.”

But how do I tell you that I’m not sure.

That I’ve never been sure of anything. Ever. In my whole life.

I can’t say that.

So I say what I just said. Just louder.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Shape In The Mirror

Do you remember when I was good at missing you?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Parts We Keep

Don’t let them kill the parts of you that they don’t like.

Keep all of you.

Never be afraid to be everything you are.

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Lost And Unfound

I said, “I hope you find who you’re looking for.”

I said, “I hope you find someone to hold your heart.”

Even though I thought I was the one you were looking for.

Even though I thought I could hold your heart.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Differences Between You

You don’t know me but I play you in the mirror.

And every photograph you don’t like.

I’m also your voice on recordings,
when you don’t like the sound of your own voice.

I look like you but
I’m a little bit bigger
and I move a little slower

It takes me longer to think of the clever thing to say
when everyone is saying clever things.

I look dumber than you.

My hands are clumsy and so are my feet.

For every imperfection you have,
I have two more.

Nothing of yours fits me.

I’m only telling you all this because


you look at me
and seem to think
you’re me.

- even with all these differences.

You still look at me
when you think we’re alone

and you cry.

Because you think you’re me.

But I’d never cry if you didn’t.

Because you’re not me.

Because we couldn’t be more different if we tried.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Goodbye 2016

Dear You,

I did not plan to send this message so late but perhaps it’s all for the best, perhaps you need a message after all the other messages have been sent. Thank you for this year. Thank you for choosing to spend your time with the things I write. Every single day, I do my best to deserve that honour.

This year has been hard, as has been repeated so many times but every year will be hard in its own way. It’s just a number on a clock or a date on a calendar, nothing that means anything beyond what we make it. We all have to carry on and as you well know, some seconds can last for years and some years disappear before your eyes.

My daughter was born this year and that has made everything worthwhile. A few days ago, I lay in a hammock and she sat on my chest and pulled at my shirt and God owed me nothing at all.

Her favourite jokes are: Fake sneezing and an object that is far away suddenly becoming closer. She has a laugh like coins in a wishing well.

Some moments are perfect and you know you’ll remember them forever. I hope this year that you have too many of those moments to count. I hope you surprise yourself by how strong and amazing and talented you are. I also hope you surprise yourself by how forgiving you are of yourself, when you don’t live up to your own expectations. Nothing matters but the things you make matter. So please choose what matters carefully.

We will be releasing something special this year, to mark the 10 year anniversary of I Wrote This For You.

I send you the best of me,