What the Rooms Hold

NaPoWriMo 2022 // day 10 the empty roomsspeak the loudesttelling us all they have heardand seenand heldthe quiet cornersnever quiterevealingeverythingbut still spillinga story here or there; pages read past midnightbecause falling asleepmeans facinganother day too quickly; piles of clothestried on and tossed offat the polishedaltar of Idealism(so many converts,so few salvations); cobwebs and crumbschilling out … Read more

Forgotten Title

NaPoWriMo 2022 // day 9 I can’t rememberwhat this poem was supposed to be.I heard itwhile seated on the floor of the living roomlegs stretched out in a ‘v,’ clacking carsdown a ramp with my two-year-old son.click click click swooosh it’s a race to get the first car back to the topwhile the second is … Read more

I Choose

NaPoWriMo 2022 // Day 4 I choose a messy house. Crumbs collecting along baseboardsoccasional cobwebs drapingthe cornersdishesand more dishesand still more,a never-ending stream of dirty or dryingdisheson the countertops. I choose a messy houseand a sticky floorand sitting outside on the porch stepsin the middle of a springtime dayto seize the sunlight. I choose a … Read more

Five Minute Friday: Desperate

Every Friday, I spend five minutes or so writing on a word prompt from the Five Minute Friday community. Then, I hit publish. Good for the writing muscles and for cultivating a playful approach to the writing work that can sometimes be taken oh-so-seriously. We will race the sunand we will win. Shine your worst, you presumptuousglow, … Read more

Five Minute Friday: Teach

Every Friday, I spend five minutes or so writing on a word prompt from the Five Minute Friday community. Then, I hit publish. Good for the writing muscles and for cultivating a playful approach to the writing work that can sometimes be taken oh-so-seriously. tangledtogether our fingers swingin the breeze as we make the routine trekto the … Read more

Five Minute Friday: Savor

pink pear tree blooms

Every Friday, I spend five minutes or so writing on a word prompt from the Five Minute Friday community. Then, I hit publish. Good for the writing muscles. Like most words chosen at the beginning of 2020, mine seemed ironic by the year’s midpoint.How do you “savor” a pandemic? Loneliness? Thousands of deaths?You don’t, of course.You savor … Read more

What I Need to Remember When My Soul is Sick

I was honored to have this essay accepted for the Kindred Mom Healthy Soul series, published in April, 2019. Kindred Mom is an online community of women dedicated to helping moms thrive in, and celebrate the small victories of, messy and beautiful motherhood. “What would you know about a healthy soul?” my inner critic hisses as I sit … Read more