When the bitch said ‘no’

When the bitch said ‘no’ She’s a tiger, flying strawberry with cloud stripes. Spear-cut teeth, she shreds flesh into ribbon paper lilies. Her paper mache claws bury bodies of atrophied tree bridges. Zeppelin lungs breathe her flame into sunscape funeral pyres. Her sniper swift tail preys on the courage of prairie winds. The magic in […]

An elegy for Ignorance

An elegy for Ignorance It was a process. Like snow blanketing the ground before turning slush, dirt-caked, then melting away completely. If it’s gone long enough, you want it back. Forgetting the marrow-chilling cold and black ice roads, only remembering silence. Losing Him was like that. I’d known him my whole life, from my sterile […]

Ode to ‘ganket’

Ode to “ganket” You’ve been crushed beneath small heels covered in mud; strangled, your floppy neck unable to breath; deserted in a Target aisle unknowing of where you were; smeared with jellied snot and ketchup, yet here you are Magic Blanket, your sour milk breath sighs comforting silence. Your princess skin of cotton candy, wadded […]

My marriage

My marriage One thing I know is marriage. My marriage, which dawns anew every morning with the February light filtering through half-open blinds. My eyes are weighted, trying hard to drag me back to sleep. “NOOOOOOO!” Her toddler protest, not really a protest, a staunch affirmation of her tiny place. I’m awake now, awake enough. […]

fallen

she is a snow angel shaped from flakes, brushed aside by the warmth of insulated bodies she has snow wings with bones made, outlined with sticks and stones straining to burst into color or flame she has a halo of sunlight, star breath threatening to dissolve her beneath its tug-o-war gaze she isn’t seen by […]

when i wash the dishes

white bubbles swished back and forth between my fingers as i washed the dishes today the plate was so dirty i had to scrub and scrub and scrub but no matter how hard i scrubbed, i couldn’t stop thinking about you i can’t just love you anymore because i am beyond love i am in […]

one year

Can we dance under the light of the same moon? Will you think of me when the sun peeks over your horizon, soon to make its way over to greet me? We danced. We’ve danced together under so many moons, and many more moons to come. The delinquent connection of two souls into one, dancing […]

you were there before I knew you

I saw you in a dream of mine, just a hazy figure inside a well of wishes and hopes, a box of never-ending jokes. Then there was that afternoon- a short long while before you finally drifted into a passion of tangible, sense-able sensation- when you walked into my life, or maybe I into your […]

it was late at night, you know when the stars shone above the wet pavement as you walked slowly, meandering, towards your destination it was late at night, you know when you said goodbye without any words the blue in your eyes telling me more than you could say it was late at night, you […]