Proposal

  The day we met, you got down on one knee in the center of a doughnut shop No, not the one downtown–that one was under construction We went to the east side Territory unknown You, unknown You, pulling me into you as we sat on the waterfront You, hand on my knee Me, brushing…

Ordeal

If I let you go, then you’re not here. But if I make you stay, then you’re not there. This ordeal, I must say, is not ideal.       This post is part of the A-Z Challenge. My theme is April Scribble, which includes microfiction, small vignettes, and poetry. For more alphabetical goodness, click here.…

Morse Code

  .. / .-.. — …- . / -.– — ..- Even if I could only use Morse code, I’d still remind you that I love you.         This post is part of the A-Z Challenge. My theme is April Scribble, which includes microfiction, small vignettes, and poetry. For more alphabetical goodness, click…

No

This piece is written by my friend Amanda, who is a phenomenal storyteller and amazing human. It’s a bit longer and a bit heavier than the work I’ve been posting this month, but I wanted to give her the space on the internet to share her story while being semi-anonymous, so I asked her to…

Limbs

You moved the furniture out of the living room and I finally realized how big it was How could I not have realized that before? For awhile the room felt tiny. Dust and discoloration showed where the pictures hung, and couch feet became phantom limbs, still pressing their imprints into the carpet. I couldn’t imagine bringing…

Kind Of

We sit in his childhood bed with the lights off. “We break up, we get married, or we die, okay?” I reply. “That’s how all relationships end. So if we break up, well, at least that’s better than death.” He sighs. “Kind of morbid, don’t you think?” “No,” I say. “Kind of optimistic.” This post…

Jester

She wears a fleece jester hat when it gets cold and she hugs me tightest when I need it the most. She was supposed to write a poem to a stranger, but she wrote it to me, a new friend, instead, wondering aloud how to pronounce my last name and apologizing for bailing on my…

In Spite Of

Sometimes I have a hard time differentiating if something occurred because of or in spite of something terrible happening. Did they choose to hire me because the fire alarm went off during the interview, or in spite of it? Did we become friends because of our differences or in spite of them? Did I fall…

Hometown

I know the speed limit of every road, but I don’t recognize the new development where the farm used to be. Will I ever come back? And if I do come back, will I forever know the speed limits, or will someday I forget? And if I do forget the speed limits, will I someday…

Grandma’s House

Sister’s teeth marks on the edge of the coffee table Rooms brimming with impulse QVC purchases of single-function kitchen utensils Kraft Singles in the fridge Casper the Friendly Ghost in the VCR Ornate jewelry decorating every inch of her   When I think of her I think white White couches, white curly hair, white pantsuit…