Parenting the Teen

Parenting the Teen

I know he makes you crazy I know she’s infuriating Hug him anyway Tell her you love her Battles will wage Time will pass Gray hairs emerge And wrinkles surface In the midst of anger Frustration and worry Hug her anyway Tell him you love him Laying awake at night...
The Exhibit of Love

The Exhibit of Love

I used to fear you Your unwelcome arrival Long, unwanted stays I did not know your name So I called you “the nothing” You left me empty Stranded at sea Wandering the desert I twitched and paced Restless, loud The cage of my mind Carrying on I hated the scenery At the...
Reputation Be Damned

Reputation Be Damned

Yes, it’s true. I push boundaries. I ignore rules. I don’t always fit in. If there were a flock of mixed birds all hanging out, I would probably be the awk-weird one with a funky gallop, crazy eye, and obnoxious call. I am unapologetically me. For years, I...
4 am

4 am

4 am The pause Pitch black Eerie silent Darkest hour And no one moves Or feels Or hears Or sees It is a hidden hour A time to turn away Too bleak Too black Without soul Utterly exposing Is it strange? So very peculiar? How much I love you, 4 am? Your silence Crisp,...
Very Human

Very Human

I’m a crumbly little thing A recipe missing a key ingredient Stumbling Fumbling Clumsy and foolish But I know Later in the silence In the midnight hour Reviewing Filtering Like a photo Editing Like an essay Cringing at that “one thing” That one...