Expiration Date

we all have expiration dates he knew that because that’s what everyone always told him they said that when his dad died at 51 they said that when his mom got sick they said that when frank at the office fell off his chair during the quarterly meeting and died right there they said that […]

The Consequences of Being Emotional

the blackening, a holding back a build-up to future betrayals lines covering over whispers of a heart the twisting of realities the lighting of one lamp while calling it by another name the shift of dirt-caked fingers first here then there the pulling of an ear and wringing of hands the smirk while watching a […]

Dark Embrace

I can feel them, the icy cold hands, my inner demons. They’ve taken a hold and are pulling me down. I don’t think I can fight them this time. I’m not strong enough. Not only am I not strong enough but the old doubts have risen with them as well. What’s the point? What’s it […]

Night Owl

There’s an owl that lives on my property and he’s out there hoo-hoot-hooing all night long and I wish that for a night or two I could become an owl myself and sit in higher branches than he and see exactly what he sees. I wonder if his beautifully haunting call strikes terror in the […]

Fields Under a Blue, Blue Sky

Foot on the fence post Looking out on the land The sky seems bluer these days She told me she loved me With her dying last breath Seventeen years, today Back when I was young and alive Stars and dreams on the horizon Me and Molly kept on without her Sunsets never look the same […]

Pearls Before Swine

rooting around in the damp earth I came upon the first pearl took it between my lips it tasted like bright lemons and fresh rain the first laughter birthed by new friendship the next one burned my mouth but I swallowed it quickly the rich spiciness of the first time he said I was beautiful […]

Shadow Ghost

my heart is melting in my chest everything is blurry I’m constricting, constricting, reducing the pain is so large but I have become so small a tiny insignificant thing you never noticed my disappearance I’m a ghost now a shadow of former things a former me maybe I was never real to begin with tara […]

Motor REBLOG

This really met me right where I’m at. I hope you’ll go to her blog and read the full piece. Now my mouth doesn’t know what my shadow is saying. Motor Motor nerve. Damage. (How?) Peripheral. (Vision?) Damaged. These are the bumps in my road map. These are criss crosses. (I carry…) Lacerations lace my […]

Book Release – The Year That Stole the Light Away

Today is the release day for Brandon White’s debut poetry collection, The Year That Stole the Light Away. Here’s one of the poems you’ll find inside: DIG Every day I return, shovel in hand, and I dig. I dig to keep my sanity. I dig to find the sacred words. The words we etch into […]

Saccharine

oh how you whispered sweet honeyed lies in my ear now you’ve left and you say: ‘girl, you’ll learn to love again’ let me swallow these sickly sweet saccharine pills candy-coated lips and sugar-crusted tongue belly full left unsatisfied wanting more because it’s something anything at all better than being empty tara caribou | ©2020 […]