Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Faster Than You Can Breathe

seconds that stretch
to days,
of intense fear, desperation, hopelessness,
are slow
and suffocating
like the long, spindly fingers of a cartoon witch
carefully making their way
along a neck, jawline, the corner of a mouth
or the yellowed, creaking vines of a hot yet sunless greenhouse
that somehow move
faster than you can breathe.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I Will Lose Everything

i am losing faith
in my city,
in those who i once believed kept me upright,
withstanding and steady.

i am reminded of the toxicity of humanity,
of all the ways we deconstruct one another,
take advantage of the pains
that sit deep beneath our ribs,
tangled in exposed nerve endings
that never seem to stop hurting,
and of the reasons we all say "never again."

whether this bridge, held by pity and guilt,
on its own
or i leave it to burn,
i will lose everything i spent my life trying to save.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Cold was Made More Bearable

it snowed.
laughter came freely
and the cold was made more bearable.

Monday, December 23, 2013

And I Laugh

and i laugh
because what else am i supposed to do
when my world is crumbling around me.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

And She Slipped

and she slipped
as the snow
quietly blanketed the woods.