When Your Time Is Up

You know what you can’t do Without drawing attention? You can’t sprawl out on the sidewalk. Head down, resting on the concrete, watching a bug. Feet up, kicking. I guess you can, if you’re eight or ten. You could lie there for hours rubbing a rock back and forth And no one would bat an […]

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Digging through Boxes Yellowing tape Peeled back A clash of swords A twist of pain A slight of hand A ghost of memory Of me Of you Of Us

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My Family Is …

Passive aggressive bullies. Now,  Be Nice. Okay … Full of shit. Nope.  Try again. My family is full of people trying to make it.  Trying to make their life full.  Trying to navigate what they need, what they want, what changes their minds, what keeps them going, what pushes against them, what others need, what others […]

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Kicked Out

I have been kicked out of many things in my life.  Some of them were institutions that promoted love  and understanding.  I was kicked out of Brownies – that’s the step below Girl Scouts.  You know that song you sing with your troop it has the line “My honor is to try and my duty […]

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Big Deal

What the hell is wrong with people? Is it so hard to ask for help? Can’t you just walk away? Don’t you think you could reconsider? What is your process here? Cuz I don’t get it. There are so many people Willing to help Willing to do Willing to take Willing to give Willing It’s […]

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Not Mine

Are you sleeping well? I kept you up. You don’t need Me Our life What we made Well, I was wrong I left it all Made what I have And now You’re there I’ve no luxuries No drugs To drown No smokes To calm No booze To numb Just busy Busy Busy Busy Busy Busy […]

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School’s out.  Not with a bang but a fizzle.  Last year, it was long awaited, exciting to be completing another year.  This year, it was still long awaited but I wasn’t excited.  I just wanted the kids to leave.  Perhaps this is because my 9th graders are really truly leaving this year.  I will miss […]

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