Shadow Box Calling forth all my moments The representative The pivotal The ecstasy And the existential Come and submit to an autopsy Of sorts Or maybe just an examination A re-telling And a display Make like a butterfly in a shadow box. Oh winged one Alight just once more Let me admire your splendor And […]

Commitment Issues When I have a day off It worries me And then inevitably I enjoy it too much And then its bitter Like my coffee Microwaved too many times And not ready to commit to a fresh pot. ### Why I Don’t Dust I don’t dust book shelves If books get dusty This means […]

Small Animal Prayers I don’t mourn well in community, But I do it pretty well curled up Like a woolly bear The small animal part of me hopes that if I remain stalwart enough If I maintain normalcy And wrap myself in winter’s toughness That somehow this will fool the universe into a cosmic shift […]

“Tell me about Erica.” I am just about to get into the shower. My second one. I’m on a kind of “shower bender” these days. My initial reptilian reaction is of course “I can’t get into this right now.” Because it is always a good time to NOT get into things. It is always a […]

Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness. Or my tenacity for slowness. I want to share with you some sloth smarts. Yes, SLOTH. Like the animal, not the sin. I’ve been applying experiential overlays with sloth logic on a flatbed projector just like they used in elementary school. Sloths are arboreal, meaning they spend nearly all […]

How My Depression Manifests Itself Physically in Two Parts Part One: I’m fine, everything’s fine. But my face feels like plastic. And I’m crying out my ear holes. Its a cold leak. My lower lids are heavy, Stopped up with last year’s stinking clots, And clinging vines. I choke on my spit like fifty times […]

My husband is sick from over-indulging last night but I am A-OK. Even though my stomach has half the capacity of his. I think its because I have a genetic pre-disposition. I didn’t need 23 and me to figure it out And I might’ve risked my eligibility for health insurance by disclosing but… I am […]

A Day My back hurts like an old person. Like a person who has draped over toilets. Like a person propelling mops and brooms and dusters And vacuums In a vacuum, Lets sit crooked and talk straight. Lets listen, Through pin holes. No, I don’t want to feel better now. I want to feel better […]

Modern Love Are there any caveats? Any further instructions? It would be nice to have a consistent answer to trying times. What if more information does not yield more accuracy? Maybe more information just increases skepticism, What if data is no longer a comfort. Perhaps validation comes from a different source entirely Because no matter […]

Shadow Box Calling forth all my moments The representative The pivotal The ecstasy And the existential Come and submit to an autopsy Of sorts Or maybe just an examination A re-telling And a display Make like a butterfly in a shadow box. Oh winged one Alight just once more Let me admire your splendor And […]

Commitment Issues When I have a day off It worries me And then inevitably I enjoy it too much And then its bitter Like my coffee Microwaved too many times And not ready to commit to a fresh pot. ### Why I Don’t Dust I don’t dust book shelves If books get dusty This means […]

Small Animal Prayers I don’t mourn well in community, But I do it pretty well curled up Like a woolly bear The small animal part of me hopes that if I remain stalwart enough If I maintain normalcy And wrap myself in winter’s toughness That somehow this will fool the universe into a cosmic shift […]

“Tell me about Erica.” I am just about to get into the shower. My second one. I’m on a kind of “shower bender” these days. My initial reptilian reaction is of course “I can’t get into this right now.” Because it is always a good time to NOT get into things. It is always a […]

Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness. Or my tenacity for slowness. I want to share with you some sloth smarts. Yes, SLOTH. Like the animal, not the sin. I’ve been applying experiential overlays with sloth logic on a flatbed projector just like they used in elementary school. Sloths are arboreal, meaning they spend nearly all […]

How My Depression Manifests Itself Physically in Two Parts Part One: I’m fine, everything’s fine. But my face feels like plastic. And I’m crying out my ear holes. Its a cold leak. My lower lids are heavy, Stopped up with last year’s stinking clots, And clinging vines. I choke on my spit like fifty times […]

My husband is sick from over-indulging last night but I am A-OK. Even though my stomach has half the capacity of his. I think its because I have a genetic pre-disposition. I didn’t need 23 and me to figure it out And I might’ve risked my eligibility for health insurance by disclosing but… I am […]

A Day My back hurts like an old person. Like a person who has draped over toilets. Like a person propelling mops and brooms and dusters And vacuums In a vacuum, Lets sit crooked and talk straight. Lets listen, Through pin holes. No, I don’t want to feel better now. I want to feel better […]

Modern Love Are there any caveats? Any further instructions? It would be nice to have a consistent answer to trying times. What if more information does not yield more accuracy? Maybe more information just increases skepticism, What if data is no longer a comfort. Perhaps validation comes from a different source entirely Because no matter […]