In writing I worry I have said too much, too little I capitalize on the funny parts the sick parts the sad parts the parts half worth anything to anyone (likely not) I leave out how my Dad religiously kissed my forehead every morning before school or that friends parents often said “we can’t afford… Read More Mantra for the Sane
Old poem, old photo, newly paired, never shared: But I’m Not Perfect Yet Why the shampoos with promising poems “You’ve really got it now” “Not your mommas hair-do” “Beautiful, luscious, supremely clean” Why all the claims and things in the ads we see I know some who can take it or leave it— and why… Read More But I’m Not Perfect Yet
I work on a farm now, helping care for hundreds of chickens, plenty of pigs, a handful of sheep, a field of cows, and three goats that are up-for-grabs. My boss, a young woman not much larger than I, is southern-girl-polite, patient with me as I learn the ropes, and incredibly tender with her livestock.… Read More Farm Her: New Job, New Life
Introversion. You wonder if is innate or learned. Is it because you were raised as an only child? Is it because of early childhood trauma or simply because the birds used to laugh at you outside your window? “Mocking” birds, you later learned. Is it because you were raised in a cabin, with just your… Read More Introversion (synonyms: introspection, self-absorbsion, timidness)
It’s easy for me to be mad at a mother who isn’t around. But she is out there. I do have a mother and I always have. She’s always been a living, breathing human on the other end of my string, with a paper cup of her own, listening in as I send messages of… Read More A Rainbow for Moonbeam
Awakened a spark of inspiration in the twirl of a girls umbrella at a school bus stop blue and pink it makes me think there is a miracle in every lighted kitchen window at the end of every road and inside of every home tortured souls collide favorably with their expectations frightfully forgiving human nature,… Read More Light
Poetry Reading at Barnes & Noble Eugene (above) 1163 Valley River Drive Eugene, Oregon March 12, 2017 ___ I am pleased to remind my friends and readers of this low key poetry reading event at Eugene’s Barnes & Noble. With the Eugene Poetry Foundation as our platform, my cousin Crystal Gasser and I will be… Read More Poetry Reading at Eugene’s Barnes & Noble March 12th at 3 p.m.