I’ll remember forever the miracle of green. The way it unfolds, overnight, starting low, springing high, swan-diving outward from every tree trunk. The dizzying billows and boughs of green that hang and shiver and swing. Spring tumbles on in a clumsy cascade of fertility, wind, and ripening, and the proliferation of life, vertiginous, obscures from… Continue reading Vertiginous
Mid-lunch with him, a bright air set off, in hoping, a bright air set off, confessed he, a bright air’s infix. That invigoral loose, that inner tram, having been spoken, stars dug in, clung. She is October melanin, newcomer in cotton; in his eye variety alternates round her. Halting for her, he is wondering. Her… Continue reading Then a Hard Truth Hit Him
They asked me for words. I reached down into the bottom of myself and gave them groaning, I gave them a little girl lost in carpet and cat piss, I opened my hands and let question marks trickle through my fingers like the years of my youth. I raised up my palms, where “I don’t… Continue reading Job Interview
The time will come when something breaks your heart. You’ll be sailing along, living your life, when suddenly the wind will rage, the sky will turn black, and the reality of inevitable hurt will capsize you. I hope when that happens that you have a lifeboat. I hope you have a little white dinghy and… Continue reading How to Heal
A triversen. God is in the hills, and God is in the valley; he reigns over the course of the river. He is Lord in the chapel where the believers pray, and Lord in the alleys at night. The birch with its trunk stripped of bark, like the uncovered face of a bride, knows who… Continue reading A psalm for spring in Virginia.
For my uncle; may he rest in peace. Today we buried you. Over uneven mounds spread with clover, we brought you in an urn of black marble. The hills and fields were hung with gold; the flowering trees reached out their hands with buds of marigold to greet you, and the April day was bright… Continue reading He Will Wipe Every Tear
My first roommate’s shower shoes, my second roommate’s toilet brush, tea packets from the break room at work; my older sister’s going-out dress, my mother’s crimson lipstick, the landlord’s rusted screwdriver; my first boyfriend’s mother’s jacket, my second boyfriend’s shirt, the office key I thought I’d lost; a deeper trust in newer friends, empathy for… Continue reading Things I Kept By Accident