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.

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 […]

i fell

i fell like summer dusk does with so much in between 
 the sun’s eyes and moon’s lips both so bright, separated by the time i watched you 
laugh behind a cup of coffee or when i drank your crisp mojito because you were driving me 
somewhere, i don’t know i don’t think i’ll ever […]