I suppose we learn to sink into these days, like sinking into the silk of sheets. We breathe, we are lost. We must let ourselves crawl into the dirt of these days, like roots, clutching for our missing nutrients—always digging deeper for something more. But that something comes only in moments. If it was constant, […]
Trees dusted in snow watch over you as you sleep. Your poinsettia holds onto three bright petals. The mountain winks in the background. Here in their shadow, you are small, but full of strength. Here, he runs his fingertips down your spine as pine whistles in the window. The trees are silent in their watching. […]
The white ice shivers to blue at the touch of the snake’s back, frigid spine trembling. This bold river— like a grizzly’s nails, it scrapes at the barks of trees, until sticky sap yields and it drinks the flesh.
Her lips pucker up like a sour raspberry. She is sucking on cherries. She spits their oiled seeds into the dry dirt. Grinning with wild teeth, she chews. Spits. Chews, spits. Her tongue licks the salt off her red lips, and her soft brown eyes are glazed. “Becky—” She falls to the Earth and curls […]
White fur bright like a surrender, she scrapes at icy snow, peeling iridescent diamonds from the Earth.
Skin as tough as salted pavement, attracting the tongues of wobbly deers. Honey, watch out for the beast that leers in saltless city streets— for he only craves the tasteless.
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 […]