Across the Table

How many times had they sat opposite this very table from one another? Dozens. A hundred? They had been friends for years, him and her. Seen each other through thin times and thick. Friends. Good friends. She through a divorce. He through a massive breakup (though he would never tell her what all went wrong […]

Wild Animals

It’s not that I really have to battle any real wild animals. I live rurally. Pretty rural. Out in the wilds of Alaska. But they’re out there… I know they are. Oh wait….: I mean honestly… this is what I primarily see. Mostly wild. I say mostly because to be honest, if they hear my […]

Gone Fishin’

I’m around… sort of. Summer in Alaska. Busy. I’ve been the last few days doing a type of subsistence fishing called set-net. It’s moderately labor intensive but worth it to teach others the “old ways”. So here are a few pics, should my view interest you. Mostly silver salmon, which is exactly what I wanted. […]

East

casting my eyes to the east I looked for you felt the wind lift my hair caress my cheek kiss my neck was it you? I sighed for I want you you’re all the best parts of me you are the sun to my branches the pull of my tide the stars of my nights […]

The Release of Shame

When I was in high school, Jeremiah was my best friend. I lived the farthest away from that rural school than anyone else, over in the next town. Every school morning my mom would drive me the mile from our house to the elementary school to get on an elementary school bus which would drive […]

Can You Feel Them?

her heartbeats fluttering against your chest she beats for you she speaks of you incline your ear to her puh-thump your words flow in puh-thump her ink pours out every glance you bestow, she leaps she lifts high, spins and whirls her feet are swift finding purchase on rocky cliffs with you beside her, your […]

Through The Window

The first time she climbed through my bedroom window in the middle of the night I was ten and she was eight. She didn’t say anything, just clung to me beneath my purple unicorn blanket and quivered. I wrapped my arms around her and held her and cried without a word because the truth was, […]

Silent Treatment

her heart lay in tatters and rags but there wasn’t much I could do about that her mascara ran in dark rivulets but I never reached out to wipe her cheeks her breathe came in hitches and starts but I turned up the TV and tuned out her hand trembled with the glint of steel […]

Hatch

tiny dragon sits and waits patiently biding her time curled up within her safe shell of blue with dark uneven spots she rests not in a nest of twigs and leaves or pebbles and mud but instead upon my tongue sometimes I roll her around my mouth (gently, gently, never crushing) she is smooth and […]

In Denial

I love you There’s no other way to say it I miss you when you’re gone You make me incredibly happy Incredibly sad I’m not always that good with my words Most of the time I keep the important ones locked inside Sometimes I hold up the mask that says We’re just friends and that’s […]