The Other Side Pin

The Other Side Pin

Why not instead 

care for someone 
the way the light cares 
for a jagged landscape

Design by Christy NaMee Eriksen. Cloisonné metal pin, 1" wide.

This pin was inspired by the poem On the Other Side. It is available as a pin + poem pack here. Full poem text below.

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On the Other Side
by Christy NaMee Eriksen

The other day I watched a teenage boy
walk across four lanes of traffic with his
middle fingers in the air

just to hug a girl 
on the other side.

Romance can be wild

but when I mistake
recklessness 
for fearlessness 
I wonder why we were ever taught
that it should be dangerous
to love us

Truly, it isn't that brave to
throw yourself into another.
I could throw myself into
you
right now,
if I was rude
and had nothing
better to do.

Why not instead 
care for someone 
the way the light cares 
for a jagged landscape
or the silver cares 
for a stream it barely remembers
or the gardener cares 
for a complicated ground, 
so shy it pools up

They hold even the untouchable close,
bow down to the precious.

my lovers take their shoes off in the house

they would never make demands