new born

For Talya They say a person replaces every one of their skin cells in 27 days. You then were still new when you lost your first shell to the world. How can your hands now 84 times new, still grip my finger until I feel my heart unfurling in your palm. Perhaps because the cells […]

1) did you know

Scientists used to think the nose could sense and the brain remember 50,000 different aromas. But studies show the number is 1,000,000,000,000. And so I theorize I will never smell so many scents that my nose will let me forget yours.

alchemy

if words were elemental yours would be fire. hot, mesmerizing pirouettes that burn only when air tangos with their forked tongues. flames that can only dance when the oxygen from my chest touches their faces. i wish my speech were water or earth to cool the blaze on your lips or suffocate you, untouchable, the […]

don’t look back

i woke up one morning with a mouth full of anxiety. Because i thought i saw the shadow of a man who looked just like you in a dream i may have had. it’s been like this since the day we stood inside the parking garage, your arms around me in the yellow light. “see […]

vestigial structures

“we all start out with gills,” she said. i scoffed because how can such prehistoric memories be buried in our skin, when even our oldest scars are younger than us.   “the gills go away,” she said. “before we are born.” but some of us still breathe when we are drowning and my neck feels […]

word association

“beach” ++++ you might say “sand” ++++ (bonfires and booze and the first time i went ocean-side skinny dipping trying to prove i was warm-blooded and free.) “tree” ++++ you might say “branch” ++++ (even if we climbed every pine in the cascade mountains we still wouldn’t be able to see the horizon clearly.) “summer” […]

Bewitchment for Dummies: A guide

One, two, twenty-one, thirty, thirty-seven, forty-four. Count the concentric circles on your lover’s chest. Their steady breathing will set the pace for your fingertips. Sternum, heartbeat, collarbone, breath, trace from one to the other and listen to the stories they tell you. Notice where their skin dips, where their muscle tightens, how every crease radiates […]

how fungi grow

We did mushrooms together that one time. You danced naked to Hozier in the kitchen while light filtered from the open fridge. Time stood still as we listened to everything from Katy Perry to Phantom of the Opera, floating on my scratchy cotton sheets, just to see how they made us feel. I told you […]