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no talentno fatherno future she bats her eyelashes at the mourning dovessips her coffee and smilesvitality flickers in her wide open eyesshe reaches out for her dear daughter dear daughter? she’s deadthe mourning doves saidcracked open their beaks and they laughednever a daughter, you were never a mothershe tossed them a crumb of her breadContinue reading “crash”


to open her throatthat she may exitthe river roars around mea breath without airfor herthroat open that she may speakthat i may hear a wordthat i may taste, that i may hearthat i may choke, that i may tear i will die for her vitalityshe breathesvitalshe flicks her eyes, seesvisibleshe spreads her arms across meiContinue reading “throat”


a caress down a jawtracing folds of my heartto love to flow as the waters Nileto split in two and surroundmy breast with its nourishing gripbutterflies flap silky wingspush wind and hormones through my lungsbutterflies hearts beat, tuned to minei finally feel her love


when i was youngmy mother told me“pick yourself up”“brush yourself off”“get on your feet”“you’ll go far” mom wouldn’t liemy mom wouldn’t lie i picked myself upi brushed myself offi don’t think she likeswhat’s under the dust i remember she brought me sliced apples and pearsreminded me my father would neverher cutting smile and laughter thatContinue reading “mom”

run (and self love)

note: there’s a rant about this poem at the bottom that you can read if you’d like my shoes hit the pavementmy arms hit airswallow freezing airfill my lungs i check my watch and speed upfaster i go and better i feelmy lungs are on fire but so am iscreaming blue and flying greeni feelContinue reading “run (and self love)”

Unfinished Love

I found these works in my notes app. Most of them are from this summer, all of them are unfinished. I don’t really know what they mean anymore and don’t remember where I wanted to go with them. None of them are my best work but maybe that makes them better. Hope you enjoy. BackyardContinue reading “Unfinished Love”

soaring stationary

i met a beautiful birdher feathers half pink and half goldshe waved her wings and clippedthe iron aluminum bent bars of the little cageshe sang a melody i had never heard once beforeshe soared in placeand for a second i flew i opened her doorshe glided out and landed on the windowsilland she saw sheContinue reading “soaring stationary”

love (me)

loving’s only easy when it’s not meloving’s only easy when they don’t choose yougod this would be so much easier if i wasnot one two three fourshedeclaredathumbwarlay your thumb there on my chest and twist my heart and let me restrestrestrestrestgod i’m going to fail this testtesttesttesttesti just don’t want you to gogogogogogodiloveyoupleaseloveme immanence transcendenceContinue reading “love (me)”


how does it feel to be young and happyhow does it feel to speakhow does it feel to scream and cryhow does it feel to live canyouhearme ican’thearme how does it feel to be young and grinninghow does it feel to drownhow does it feel to smile and laughhow does it feel to survive swimmingContinue reading “choke”


jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of watershe tripped and fell and brokeand broke and broke and broke she broke got up and got more waterher eyes were red as snowshe got her cup of waterand went back home alone she hurt and drank her little cupher lips burned chapped and drysheContinue reading “jill”


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