It started as a joke. Something the high school boys would taunt each other with on Friday nights after football games, the buzz of cheap beer cheering them on. They'd pile into a couple of pickups and cruise down the muddy roads outside of town until they took so many turns they weren't even sure … Continue reading The Bridge
"Megan," I said softly, my eyes still shut. "Have you started yet?" My question floated between us like a feather, lightly falling through the thick, dusty air before resting alongside my bare feet. My knees trembled, whether because of cold or nerves I didn't know. The world outside was quiet, most people still asleep in … Continue reading Neighbors : Chapter One
I built a tiny box inside my head, filled it with the small thoughts and little fears scattered like freckles on my soul. But it got too full. So I built a bigger box, with a pretty lid hinged like a treasure chest, and buried more things inside. I carved into the sides hard warnings … Continue reading April 30 : Culmination
Avocados Outlived by the fruit flies hovering as it ripens. Watermelon A field of drums-- born from sun and soil. Strawberries Hearts rolled in sugar to mask the bitterness inside. Tomato Thin skin somehow keeps the red from spilling out.
After a long day-- a longer pause. When the alarm goes off at 4:30 yes-- in the morning, and the shift starts at 6:30 half a county away and goes for who-knows-how-many more hours until my tired feet hit home... And then it's kids-that-aren't-even-mine and maybe a meeting and a moment to myself because dear god … Continue reading April 28 : On Living Well