Healing

The Problem with Perfect

I’m nine years old, it’s late summer, and I’m playing tag and roughhousing with a group of boys in the churchyard. My mother is standing on the church steps with the other adults, talking and smoking cigarettes, stretching out the fabric of the evening until the stars are visible. Occasional shrieks of laughter punctuate the… Continue reading The Problem with Perfect

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Best of the Falls Poetry Challenge for June 2019

I haven't blogged in quite a while, because I've been writing poetry and posting on Instagram instead. It's something of a guilty pleasure. Poetry was my first love as a writer, and you know what they say—you never get over your first love. Though I don't typically create from prompts, I was intrigued by the… Continue reading Best of the Falls Poetry Challenge for June 2019

Healing

When Healers Need Healing

I don’t always recognize when I’m feeling depleted. Emotional exhaustion has a way of creeping up slowly, day by day, getting closer and closer, until it takes over. Then I feel it—the emptiness inside, the well that has run completely dry. I crash. I have nothing left to give. It has taken absolutely everything I… Continue reading When Healers Need Healing

Nature, Poetry

Meeting Resistance

Tree limbs reach over the fence, swaying, beckoning, asking why I’m over here on the other side of a man-made barrier. Not woman-made. A woman would not make a defense against all that is natural and wild. She sees herself in the tangled vines and gnarled roots— meeting resistance, growing around it anyway. The trees… Continue reading Meeting Resistance