Nov 29


when i was little my parents told me that my tears were salty
and to stop crying because they might run out

now tears are the way i remember what
there is to truly cry about

now tears are the way i tell myself
to keep fighting, even if it hurts

now tears are the way to show that
i believe in something
Nov 29

Because of You

we stayed up late
later than normal
later than we should
to watch

the race had been going on for a year
but this was
all that mattered
this was the only decision

we wanted to stay later
we pleaded with our parents
to let us watch
just a little longer

but of course
they held strong
to their
earlier rule

we went to bed with
hope and despiration in our
eyes and
in our hearts

I woke up early the next morning
on my own accord
it took me a minute to remember
last night

i rushed down the stairs
to mom
and asked her what had happened
she only started to cry

becuase of you

someone who gadly kills
an endangered species
it's what your sons' want

someone who hurts
someone else
to stand taller

someone who
boasts about
Nov 28

Music Is...

the strum of my guitar
in tune or not
around a crackling fire
with family and friends

messing up with
the saxophone
because I'm trying
too hard not to laugh during band

too many friends in a hammock
at camp
playing the ukulele and singing
at the top of my lungs

dad downstairs
singing the songs I don't like
beautifully too loud
as I close my eyes to sleep

blasting "Hamilton" (swears and all)
and Taylor Swift
in the car
and knowing all the words

plunking out
that my fingers don't yet understand on
the piano

me and her in third grade
with a mic, confidence
and "Let It Go" being
sung poorly and off key

bliss and freedom
expression and originality
giggles and understanding
Nov 28

Puerto Rico

they said to leave
they said to flee
so you ran
away from the storm

some couldn't
others wouldn't
but the storm was still

and all paid dearly for it

with the fear written on their faces
for what they knew
would come
they watched from windows

as the winds and the rain and the thunder
of a hurricane
that was sent from nightmares
came upon them

all noise ceased--then the storm began

first, it was wind
a gale
so strong
it could wrench you off your feet

with the wind came rain, that got worse
and worse
and worse
and it felt like it would never end

the storm intensified

the sea cried out in agony
as it slammed against
the rocks
as a hammer beats an anvil

trees shivered
then bent, then fell
and were hurled about by the storm
into the air
Nov 27
poem, fiction 2 comments challenge: Loss


I wake in a cold sweat
It's been three years since...

I can still see her,
she just couldn't see what was to come.

The ocean stretched before her
below her
off the sheer drop of the cliff.

I feel the warm, wet drops
dripping down my face before
I know I'm crying...

We all called, warning her,
hoping she could hear,
but we knew the crash of the waves

had sealed

The frisbee went first,
over the edge.
Her momentum carried her to follow.

To fast,
to far,
it was a number of things.

I could see the terror,
and sorrow,
and confusion

in her eyes, as she teetered there on the edge
of the cliff,
clinging to the end.

and then

We were all rushing to her,
but we were all
too late--
Nov 27


Red is the color of love and war.
Red is the color of boiling anger.
Red is the color of the pain you are willing to endure.
Red is the color of a bright splash marring the clean page.
Red is the color of blood lost fighting for a cause that you believe in.

Orange is the color of endless possibilities.
Orange is the color of anticipation.
Orange is the color of a crackling fire in the grate keeping you warm through the night.
Orange is the color of some ukulele strumming out a summer camp melody.
Orange is the color of goofing off with friends.

Yellow is the color of a shy smile.
Yellow is the color of pride.
Yellow is the color of adrenaline
Yellow is the color of a soft glow of hope.
Yellow is the color of a full house standing ovation.

Green is the color of luck and life.
Green is the color of endless summer fields stretching out as far as the eye can see.
Nov 27
poem 1 comment challenge: Rain


I twirl in the many tiny drops
pouring from high above
that bounce and hop
to the ground

The rain brings the landscape to a blur
to form a peace and quiet in
the steady whir
of the rain tumbling down

I breathe the crisp wet air
I feel the rain on my back
I feel the wind in my hair
I feel like I am finally free

The house with its bright
arrives all too soon
Nov 27

The Maple Out Back

She stretches tall,
the maple out back.
Grandpa told me that
she's stood there since the dawn of time.
I'm not sure if I beleive him.

In her branches
I have found myself,
alone up there
with her swaying tales
told by the flitting of the leaves.

I can see the world.
As far as it goes
in all directions.
I once saw the sun timidly
peek its head over the dark horizon.

Mom gets scared when I climb up high
because I fell out of our backyard
spruce last summer and broke my wrist,
but I know that the maple
would never let me fall.

I have found friendship
in the bugs and squirrels and critters
that scuttle about in her trunk
and limbs.
Funny things they are.

In the spring she always
lets us
borrow her clean trickling sap
to boil down in the shed
for maple syrup.

We planted a sappling

Nov 27

dancing on a white picket fence

I saw her
when she was
dancing on a white picket fence.

The sunlight dappled her
autumn hair and the freckles on her nose
as she twirled in the breeze.

Closed eyes
while the melody
played on her skin.

Her feet knew the way
like they had been dancing
for a thousand years.

A daisy
flipped behind her left ear
as she swayed, skipped, and jumped.

The world was far away
for her
frozen behind her in time.

But the moment ceased
as a car horn blew
and she was gone when I turned back.

I used to return looking for
the girl on
the white picket fence.

But now that fence is gray,
the paint is gone,
and it is lonely.

But, maybe someday
a girl will return to dance
on that white picket fence.
Nov 27

I Like

  • I like when the pool parts around your momentum forming a silent vortex of possibility.
  • I like the smell of baking chocolate chip cookies that wafts through the house specifically to find my nose (almost as much as I love eating them!)
  • I like the smooth Thanksgiving chocolate moose my grandma makes.
  • I like the way it looks outside when a still, unmarred white blanket coats the world.
  • I like the sound of warm summer rain knocking on the cabin roof.
  • I like the way it feels to be buried under a wall of sixteen blankets that keep out the creeping cold of December nights.
  • I like when anything could be behind the curtain of darkness.
  • I like the sudden “blarp” a saxophone makes when you blow too hard.
  • I like running my hand over a thousand spilled beads on the wooden floor.
  • I like the moment on the chairlift when time seems to stop because your breath has not melted the perfect contrast of a white snowflake on you