mall birds

I tried to free mall birds once. Stock team started our workday before the sun. At that hour, feathered blurs streaked the ceiling with abandon. During breaks, I pondered the unspoken logistics behind keeping droppings from shoppers’ eyes and bags, while plotting to rescue the droppers. My appointment to the post had nothing to do […]

sun day

deep in the valley staring up at the mountains smiling, warm, giddy enjoying the local flora, honeysuckle tiny droplets with a hint of sugar the peach juice is imported but it suits the atmosphere and hydrates faster counting breaths getting lost in thee double digits drop a penny in a well causing ripples and making […]

stand in flow

round and round all tends to go pendulum and tides high – low drought followed by hurricane poor stand-ins for sun and rain stumble, learn to moderate feast – famine too soon, too late reject perfection (and its flaws) elect connection and more pause sitting still and letting all flow being boulder no need to […]

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when I fell in love with the mask it had been worn so long the wearer didn’t know it was there either I made many mistakes and overlooked the peeling at the edges her only mistake was underestimation she grew to understand a self beneath the mask but wouldn’t tell me outright hoping I would […]

wane

as you learn, you will see plainly a songbird scarfs down a butterfly whose fragile wings emerged chrysalis branded with a starvation timer anyway the uneating, eaten by dinosaurs’ heir, with a cheerful chirp you may be tempted in those eat or be eaten days to crawl under your bed and supplant the monster there […]

Like the Wind

I guess I’m glad I didn’t realize when we met so long ago that I would listen some day to your loud struggle for every single shallow breath while I fumble to treat and sooth you without sure answers or enough guidance when you huff, puff, wheeze, sneeze, and pant I barely sleep but when […]

My dear contrarian

Never work harder to convince people (especially yourself) you’re right than you work to be right. Integrity is better than spectators’ support. Successful negotiation is harder than, and superior to, “winning”. Collaboration champions and strengthens truth, which changes minds. Is progress not the end goal? Perhaps it never was for you, if you require opponents […]

Interconversion

They say matter and energy are neither created nor destroyed. That is true of our kind. When we pass, our essence is recombined into the living. The deceased are not simply an addition, though; their spirits multiply our own. In this way, we not only carry our ancestors forward, into the future they could not […]

full cup

for the longest time I conflated success with fulfillment and I defined both with other people’s words (despite what else I could hear) it has taken gargantuan effort to pivot into something better, someone brave but after the tower finished burning and I evacuated into the woods I am whole (which is better than perfect) being […]

Thanks for Fucking Up

And now for a slight change of pace. (And because she likes things that rhyme.) Thanks for Fucking Up To all the fumbling hands before me that didn’t put a ring on hers, I must speak my gratitude for every beautiful day that occurs. Thanks for letting go of the best you’ll ever know. She’s […]

Watch

At what point Should I confess That I only came here To witness the end of your world? I never intended To fall hopelessly in love With the Earth, as it died Or, especially, with you. How could I know Something fading so quickly Could still be so beautiful That I would rather not leave? […]

you, matter

A statistically unlikely miracle composed of stardust and inexplicable life force, and just one among billions of sweaty, hairy flesh-lumps of mostly water. In control of that miraculous, ordinary body, managing it with your very thoughts, and powerless over countless functions that it carries out within you daily. Loving, happy, brave, kind, selfless, and hateful, […]

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The thing about most of what what you watch, do, and achieve___in an addictive box___is that most people don’t really care___and while they may humor you momentarily___they are often impatient___to get back to their own little boxes___to do their own little things___but remember that we made the boxes___and we choose how to fill them___and whether […]