Should I move into this space? It is dark and dripping. He pulls my hand. The lights flash yellow and red against my eyes. They shine on the clear drips of water, turning them into pools of colour. My boots bounce off the silence of the cement floors. Am I meant to be here? Someone […]
There is a place in my mind where the butterflies beat; slick brain fog drips from wings that are stifled and wet. Unfolding, they stretch against my eyes for a way out.
Purple flowers come out of the green on either side of the dusty, narrow path. I stop, heaving a sigh, wiping sweat from my forehead, only to feel granules of dirt smear across my skin. They leave a stinging sensation—dirt, sweat, and a peeling sunburn. I close my eyes against the heat, and breathe in […]
I wake and the world is already bright, soaking itself in around me. I stretch my calves against the sheets and clench my duvet in my fingers, as the morning sun stretches in through the window. His back raises and falls with sleeping breaths. I trace the smooth skin, and press my forehead to it. […]
Soaked petals blow in the fan; one petal moves, one petal falls, curved green leaves ache their spines. Glass shatters—streaks along the floor, I grind my knees in it, I stay quiet, I watch the feet. Tick tock, the heels stab the floor, bony fingers, black-haired knuckles grasp thighs, I am tickled with tulle and […]
This place has salted air. The sea and buttered popcorn create a damp, salty sweet that hangs captured in the heat. The waves hush the popping emitting from the red-striped machine and the noise of children squawking. Their sea-foam lips pull back with a sigh when the agitation continues. Bells ring when someone exits a […]
I am stapled shut in this apartment, like my twenty page essay handed in this morning—after 2 nights blinded out with coffee, caffeine pills, and cheese-slopped pizza with California rolls doused in soy sauce, and 3-hour whiskey binges in between. The coaxing of my fingertips back to the keys of my finely tuned laptop is […]