Lemonade

Feelings of sufferingfor folks I never wasMourning the personI know I’ll never beImpulse buying a bowlof decorative lemonsStill driving around witha combustion engine If we never atonefor the horrors that wereWe commit to consumingthe powers that beThoughts prove nothingThe human soulis just a frameworkwithout vulnerability Was there ever a worldwhere people didn’t just pluckfrom KingsContinue reading “Lemonade”

Birds of a Feather

He steps out of the restaurant into the vacuum of the cold night; the chatter, the clanging, the calling, closes behind him. The silence of the alley cools the pounding of the kitchen in his ears. He lights a cigarette and takes out his phone. The night air licks sweat from his skin. He scrollsContinue reading “Birds of a Feather”

Happy International Women’s Day

There she is. . . The one who loves too hard, feels too deeply, asks too often, desires too much. There she is taking up too much space, with her laughter, her curves, her honesty. Her presence is as tall as a tree, as wide as a mountain. Her energy occupies every crevice of theContinue reading “Happy International Women’s Day”

love unspoken

I see a place sometimes. My dress is long, thin and white Your hat is worn and your eyes see far across our land I skip off the wide porch towards you the sun is low behind the oak trees The expression you wear is serious, mine is light and playful We favor each othersContinue reading “love unspoken”

Let America Be America Again

A young man born in Joplin, Missouri in 1902, inspired by the blues and his own experience, wrote the poem “Let America Be America Again.” Today, we hear men and women, young and old, yelling at us about what America should be. They tell us to Make America Great Again. Make America Smart Again. MakeContinue reading “Let America Be America Again”

a real life love poem

Roses are red, violets are blue sugar is sweet and addictive and love is too. it’s sunny Sunday driving, an orgasmic late afternoon, it’s endless frustration, but for a life lived over the moon. it is patience and silence when harsh words come to mind, its my favorite home-cooked meal when the world has notContinue reading “a real life love poem”

{GuestBlog} A Letter to the Democratic Party

Dear Senators, I am a lifelong Democrat. I worked for Barrack and I worked for Hillary. I abhor what Donald Trump stands for and I am willing to work against his Muslim Ban and any other violation of our basic rights and freedoms as Americans. That being said, he is now the President of theContinue reading “{GuestBlog} A Letter to the Democratic Party”

dear donald: i am an extraordinary machine

dear donald,  I wanted to write you a letter to thank you for a few things, just a few.  I want to thank you for reminding me what it is to be righteous.  thank you for waking up my generation to the fact that life as we know it can change unless and because weContinue reading “dear donald: i am an extraordinary machine”

Portrait of a Mother

I am not perfect, but I believe my child is. I will never tire of watching him try new things. I simply cannot believe my eyes when he does something on his own that he has never been shown how to do by me. My heart races from frustration to longing to rage to utterContinue reading “Portrait of a Mother”

Ask. Seek. Desire. Expand. Move. Feel. Be.

There she is. . . The one who loves too hard, feels too deeply, asks too often, desires too much. There she is taking up too much space, with her laughter, her curves, her honesty. Her presence is as tall as a tree, as wide as a mountain. Her energy occupies every crevice of theContinue reading “Ask. Seek. Desire. Expand. Move. Feel. Be.”

Time to Grow Up, America.

Remember getting dumped when you were 22? I had completely forgotten what it was like. To be blindsided by the utter and incomprehensible failure of the relationship that you were so wrapped up in, so invested in, so sure it was going to last for the rest of your life, that you hadn’t even consideredContinue reading “Time to Grow Up, America.”

Times They Are A Changin’

I have been listening to a lot of Bob Dylan lately. It began with the award of his Nobel Prize in Literature. I have always loved Bob Dylan for his words. That he makes them into music only makes it better for me. I have always considered him one of my favorite poets so i was confused byContinue reading “Times They Are A Changin’”

A Second Chance

Jamal slammed his car door shut. He looked down through the tinted window at the resume sitting on the seat and shook his head. He kicked his tire and regretted it as he walked heavily up the stairs to his apartment, the pounding in his head now matched by the throbbing in his toe. HeContinue reading “A Second Chance”

loving change, for a change

we say we don’t have seasons in miami, but we do. they are slight and they are lovely, and yesterday was our first fall day. the beach was windy and almost too cool, if not for the eager sunshine. lying on a thin blanket, my face hidden from stray drops of sea flying off theContinue reading “loving change, for a change”

Chapter 63

The greatest man I have ever known raised me to be a dreamer. He taught me to ask not what my country could do for me, but to strive to do good for all mankind, including questioning authority, indignity, and every day bullies. He showed me the power of my voice and the sanctity of silence.Continue reading “Chapter 63”

Beachside Village

She closed the last plantation shutter and looked down at the room key in her hand. Pale blue, a long diamond with wide font, “Room C” in white, attached to a real key on a keyring. Just as soon as she dropped the key into the pocket of her loose fitting Levi’s her hand drewContinue reading “Beachside Village”

Dear Future Daughter

“If I have a daughter one day, I hope she is a million other things Before beautiful. I hope when her feet Hit the ground in the morning, The earth vibrates Announcing her presence. I hope she treats others With dignity and respect. I hope they treat her the same. I hope she refuses toContinue reading “Dear Future Daughter”

Things I Did and Did Not Do Today

It has been such a very long time since I posted here with any sort of consistency. I would like to try to remedy that, and first, I thought I would shed some light as to why I’ve been busy. Don’t call it a comeback. Things I did today: I woke up at 6am withContinue reading “Things I Did and Did Not Do Today”

Ten Things I Learned in 2015

  1. You can give yourself away entirely and still be yourself entirely. 2. Women have infinite strength and patience. 3. Hormones play a brilliant and sadistic role in the function of human females, and test the strength and patience of their partners. 4. No matter how destroyed your body feels or looks, it can restore itself.Continue reading “Ten Things I Learned in 2015”

Oh, Baby: From Boobs to Breast Feeding

I was a late bloomer. Still all eyes and ears and braces well into eighth grade. By the time I got to high school I’d at least lost the metal mouth, but my chest size and height had yet to catch up. It took the rest of those four years for me to grow intoContinue reading “Oh, Baby: From Boobs to Breast Feeding”

When I’m 64 

My birthday week begins today. Seven days out of 365 that I am consciously aware of my life advancing in time. It’s extra acute this year  with the knowledge that roughly eight weeks from now time will move faster than I have ever experienced before. I’ll be 32 years old this week and 32 weeksContinue reading “When I’m 64 “

I Wonder…

THINGS I WONDER ABOUT:   1. Are people super rude because they are miserable and they think that making perfect strangers miserable too will gratify or satisfy them momentarily? Specifically, people who are rude to those in the service industry. Does it make them feel better about themselves? Because they certainly aren’t getting better serviceContinue reading “I Wonder…”

God Bless Us All

In Toni Morrison’s new book, God Bless the Child, she rips the rawness from humanity like roots from the ground and plants it on the page for you to explore. I recommend it, and the extremes of empathy that come with it. What I took from it primarily, was a practice that was carried out each SaturdayContinue reading “God Bless Us All”

My mother’s endless love. 

The love of my mother has no prejudice. The love of my mother is not blind.  The love of my mother has no bounds. The love of my mother is always kind.  The love of my mother never pauses.  The love of my mother simply searches,  for ways to make you feel better inside.  The love ofContinue reading “My mother’s endless love. “