Survivor’s Guilt

Pain seeks its own level,you tell me as we look out over the ruined city, eerilybeautiful in the moonlight. I can hear the screamingfrom here, or so I imagine. You hold my face in your hands,and I feel your breath as you whisper, You did not cause this.Far below, in the rubble, a hand movesContinue reading “Survivor’s Guilt”

Some Thoughts (and a poem)

As some of you know, my family and I experienced a house fire last June. We lost almost the entire second floor of our house, and while we were all okay (and out of town when it happened), we also lost our bearded dragon Oscar and our gecko Merlin.  The event has been hard forContinue reading “Some Thoughts (and a poem)”

The Pretend River Flatters Me, Plots My Demise

I’m deeply distrustful, and often terrified of, water. The Pretend River Flatters Me, Plots My Demise “Did you think of me as someone handsome?” I asked, “someone capable, strong, with vibrant eyes, quick, sure smiles, and hardy handshakes?” “I certainly do,” Old Man River said and winked, its banks rife with flowers and redolent withContinue reading “The Pretend River Flatters Me, Plots My Demise”

Tale of the Sad Girl and the Sad Boy

As some of you know, I have clinical depression. I treat it with medication and go to therapy, but there’s no magic pill, just as there are no magic words that will ever completely banish my depression. I manage it, and some days are better than others. Today’s not a great day. Writing helps. ThisContinue reading “Tale of the Sad Girl and the Sad Boy”

I Seem to be Taking a Break

A break from creative writing, at least, and I’m good with that. It all started a few weeks ago when I received the weekly poetry market update newsletter from Duotrope. I scanned the list half-heartedly. The idea of going through poems to see which ones would be a good fit for a particular market madeContinue reading “I Seem to be Taking a Break”