we strap beaks around our ears breathe in herbs like potpourri the air isn’t safe without it and I haven’t seen your bare cheeks in months, in weeks your eyes glitter from behind plastic lenses meant to keep you safe from me me, who you once said was your only PPE talk to me through […]
capable of new experiences
I find this poetic, however, I don’t feel like writing a poem about the difference between you and me between English and Spanish between one letter “s” and the lack thereof between taking out the trash and filling it up between neglecting and rejecting between loving and leaving between physical pain and an emotional change […]
Outside, leaves are falling and my excitement is rising.
the chocolate loaches are out early tonight making arcs in the water like banners serpentine shapes that would give Lil Cobra nightmares, despite her snake namesake you don’t like how I write poetry after disagreements, after fights I don’t like how you drink to be drunk, no matter our social climate on principle, I buy […]
Caught in a daydream.
when I close my eyes, sometimes, I am back in his bed, those early January mornings my alarm sounding at 0545 and my love, still fast asleep, tightening his grip around my waist my first thought was I don’t want to leave and my second, his warmth calls me back to sleep but I would […]
This cold weather leaves me longing for warmth.
your mother is the type of woman to kill her fish from overfeeding, believing they are still hungry . my mother is the type of woman to say, They’re fine and a week later, find them dead shrugging off her neglect . I am the type of woman to rescue the sick in the stores, […]
Chosen for publication in Kalamazoo College’s literary journal, The Cauldron. Unfortunately, this year’s edition was canceled due to COVID-19.