Tea and Sympathy

August 2, 2016
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In today’s adventures of Crystal the Wonderklutz, I made myself a cup of tea. I made myself a cup of tea because I was woken up this morning to the sound of a ceramic bowl crashing off of my mantle into more pieces than I care to count. I’m borrowing a couple of cats right […]

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This is the House That Love Built

July 31, 2016
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I am okay. Today, I am okay in that there’s nothing particularly wrong. Some days, I am okay, in that the things that are wrong will not destroy me. Other days, I am okay, because I have to be, because to admit to anything else would loosen my grip on the shore and let the […]

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Poem- All I Ever Wanted

June 24, 2016
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All I ever wanted was to love and be loved Until I was married, then I yearned for kindness a safe place to grow to be I fought my way free to this falling Now I’m extending like a hand that no one else is shaking aching for an embrace to bury myself six feet […]

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Head of Household

June 13, 2016
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I think it was a combination. I had been pushing against the door for so long that when it finally opened I couldn’t help but stumble into the lack of resistance. It’s not that I liked the fight, it’s just that I was used to it, freedom felt strange, and I felt lost. Also, the […]

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Poem- Hope

April 9, 2016
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I hope I get to kiss you, someday just once and I hope it’s terrible I hope our lips get pinched against our teeth clanking together as our heads angle all wrong I hope we don’t know what to do with our hands and end up just standing there pressing our mouths awkwardly into each […]

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Poem- I Give Up

April 7, 2016
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I’ve tried to give up poetry but it keeps coming back It gets into my bones like the winter cold like spring love like my thoughts of you marrow deep If you want to love me give me up take up a hobby or a sport something that leaves you exhausted Then, if everywhere you […]

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Just One Thing

January 18, 2016
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Tonight, I made one hour roast vegetables in the pan with what unexpectedly turned out to be a two hour roast chicken. I hold to my position that it’s better to serve overcooked vegetables, than undercooked chicken, so we waited impatiently as the meat thermometer made its slow ascent. It turns out, my kids are […]

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Poem- Heart in a Box

December 11, 2015
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The queen was deceived by the woodsman when he gave her a heart in a box We do not have that color green in the desert where I live the green of forests of grassy hillsides of graveyards I try to remember or alternately to forget the colors of that day Green grass Gray sky […]

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Poem- The Fall

December 4, 2015
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Wendy was the first leaf that trembled before Julie fell Maybe it really is as natural as that Gerald felt like an entire branch when he left my life His friend read Ecclesiastes 3 and I turned against the season of leaves brilliant with sunset reds and ambers against the memory of spring’s green against […]

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Poem- Word Feast

October 18, 2015
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I turn to poems when I’m hungry sometimes just a snack of pretty words turning something old at a new angle the way you distract a toddler from a tantrum on the verge Loneliness is a hunger a great motivator but starvation is deadly I don’t realize my hunger until I’m desperately scraping at the […]

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