Young Love

Rows and rows of diamonds lined the countertop, you were here to sell instead of shop, and I should have tried harder to make you stop.We were still so new,and they threw that ring from a life before me and youacross the counter and paid what was due. You sold it to help me pay…

Spirit animal

After a womb fills for the first time, a woman is always a mother, child born or child lost or child given back. Maybe only a mother knows. So maybe next time, I will name her Hope from the minute the strip turns pink, and I will speak her into my world whether she breathes…

Shhh

You shhhouldn’t talk about that. Nobody needs to know that happened. Shhhut your mouth, keep it to yourself.  Shhhame is a name-calling, blame-bawling, bull-shhhit kind of game. And I play it so well. Whose voice is it,  the one that begs you to lock your tongue behind your teeth,  berates your heart into a bitter…

When I Stopped Keeping Secrets

A few things happened. At first, it felt a little bit like walking down the street with no bra and bare feet, which is a memory dream I have from time to time (less and less, though). I just mean it was uncertain and scary and even a little humiliating to open up and just…

How do I go about getting housing here?

Something bright about the woman with the shaved head and the rumpled piece of fading brown cardboard in hand. Something big about the way she kept herself turned from me slightly as we spoke so that I couldn’t quite read the words she had scribbled onto that sign who knows how long ago. Something brilliant…

Sometimes we do forget

Like a string of paper dolls we followed hand in hand to the playground and sat We knew people were dying today, but we didn’t know why Sometimes I think we still don’t Sometimes we do forget Every time a whole group of people is wiped away, we say never Every time the world shakes…

Cooking Past a Pain

Exactly enough time in a pot  of boiling, salted water  brings a good noodle to a simple  balance between flexible and firm.  Perfected pasta will pause for thought while you pour the sauce  so you can swallow its untoughened texture and enjoy just the flavors  you were craving in the first place. Too much time…

Love Language

Tell me you like my green hair, you think it’s sexy. Tell me you think I’m funny, I make you laugh. Tell me you feel all the things for me, I drive you crazy. Tell me you see me taking care of the body you hold at night (unless it’s too hot so we just…

Joy

You’re in heaven and Seven year old birthday cakes Are on sale today