Friday, December 18, 2009

Three Strings

how many more days til I'm completely unraveled
I wonder
I need those braids now.

Monday, May 11, 2009


I see the hint of a twinkle in my eyes
in these may photos where in february
it looked like every shred of happiness
had been vacuumed out of my soul

thank you

I promise I will not go to the photoblind where he carved our initials to surprise me
I promise
not yet

Monday, May 4, 2009


Love is sometimes an accident.

But I thought
a spider was weaving his web through the stars
and got to ours.

I'm scared that no one will smile at me like you did.

Friday, April 24, 2009

keep me in the cradle

keep me in the crib

rock me if you're able

keep calling me baby

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Misery Express

At first I thought there could be beauty in this breakdown
but at some point I ended up in a different passenger car and it's
cramped and cold and the train left the tracks days ago

Don't you remember how your whistling made me cry when I
was a day away across the ocean?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


This heart is the dog by the door
waiting for its owner
who died
you can try
but there's no way to make it
understand that
he's not coming home anymore.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Excuse me if I

break my own heart tonight
to get today's pain over with.

This head is a whirlpool on a rollercoaster.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


How beautiful is a whale skeleton alone on the beach?
And how unbearably sad?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

I know it's the wrong way of thinking

but does anyone know the way back to 2004?
I think it was a good year.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

sad sad girl

I wonder when someday is. I've been wondering that for too long. I turn down my street and scan it for the white jeep in front of my house I check my mailbox every time I'm at the front door when I go out to my car after work I hold my breath and look quickly for anything on my windshield every big white vehicle driving up beside me check my email a million times every day pray

watch the intersection outside at work could you would you drive by to feel close to me just think of me on the scooter around and around the cul-de-sac with my hair blowing behind me

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Here Again

As many times as I felt myself trying to claw my way out
there was always your face and the way you held me, even briefly, when I absolutely couldn't stand anymore
and the drive through zoo
and eureka springs
and everything

and everything

I think people have gotten through things like this before
but I always thought we were different
and I wonder what the jagged, keloid scars look like on their hearts and how often they have to grab their chests and catch their breath

damn our pasts for making us weak

now in the mirror my face is a smear

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sees in Seasons

Again, the season has started to change. I've been wishing this winter would end, and drag a few things away with it. I was thinking today about attic fans, and how ever since I was little, they have been a symbol of summer. When my parents didn't want to run the air conditioner, they turned on the attic fan. And at night, I listened to it fluttering and banging as I drifted to sleep. Now when I turn one on, the loud rush of sucking air as the metal louvers blow open takes me back to that top bunk on Hightower.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

I saved for nine months...

You don't know
and maybe you never will
that the real motive I had for planning that trip
was in vain

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


The night moon travels with a star.

The morning moon has come so far.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Driving North

Our physics teacher was always talking mostly about things to do with outer space. Which was fine with me because I would much rather talk about that than physics. It might also be why I got a C in that class. One day he told us that if we were to drive way north on 65 that night, we might see the Aurora Borealis. He said it would look like red streaks in the sky. So at about 11:30, we got in my car and headed north because, why not? We drove and drove, searching the whole black sky for any tinge of red, but we never saw any sign of it. Finally we gave up and decided to head back to the dorm, and by that time, were both so tired we could barely drive, so of course you drove because I am not to be trusted behind the wheel with sleepy eyes. At least we tried.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Big 'Fraid

Grasshoppers, Crickets, Walking Sticks, Wasps, Snakes.
All existed creepily on the farm. Being small and scared of these, we were terrified when Grandma threatened to lock us in the cellar (crickets-everywhere). Why do i have a memory of jars of grasshoppers on their back porch? That has to be wrong. We weren't even safe on the front porch (walking sticks). Or in the yard (snakes). When Susan and I found ourselves suddenly locked in the smokehouse (wasps) after the door blew shut, I wasn't immediately scared, but she was. Right away she was crying and yelling, and the panic permeated my pores and overcame me. It filled my lungs. Blindly yelling and banging the door with our fists, scrambling for a screw driver to pry it open. I wish we had a video of that. Syringes of absent-minded fear still manage to find their way into my veins and release bubbles of air into my blood, headed toward my heart, my brain. And I panic. Even though I'm only about ten steps from home. Still, I'm locked up!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Dear Tessa

dear Tessa
remember to take the camera
out to your car with you in the morning
so you can take a picture looking back at your
house in the snowy
silver morning light and don't worry about
anything other than that

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Tell Me Everything

Is gonna be all right.

Sometimes I have to go out looking for the song that fits how I'm feeling to lift my spirits. I guess once I find it, there's comfort in knowing that someone else felt the same at some point and wrote those words.

Today it was Kenny Loggins' Danny's Song.

My heart feels cold and crippled, so a song about tears of joy really should have made me feel worse, but the right notes and the line "Tell me everything's gonna be all right," even taken out of context, hit the spot. I need someone to tell me everything will be all right occassionally.

Because really, eventually, everything will be.
All right.

I hope.