Just One Piece of the Puzzle

There are people working on a puzzle. They are contributing pieces to the whole picture so that they can look at it together. There is also a person who is tightly holding on to a puzzle piece they’ve found. It is all they’re aware of, all they can see. They won’t contribute to the largerContinue reading “Just One Piece of the Puzzle”

I’m the Hot Potato

I am not proud of how I behave in public. I don’t ever feel like myself. I am the star of the world’s least sexy peep show. I fumble. I try and fail to speak to you in French. There are about a billion eyes on me, and I DON’T KNOW HOW TO ACT. ThisContinue reading “I’m the Hot Potato”

I Move to a New City

I move to a new city,Ask it to read me poetry.The city obliges,But do I listen?Not always. I move to a new city,Where there’s a lot more graffiti,Fewer trees,And construction that goes on all year.My date whispers there’s a conspiracy,Doesn’t want them to overhear. The date I know I’ll never see again.I haven’t loved anyoneContinue reading “I Move to a New City”

early adolescence in the mid-2000s

Content Note: this piece includes mention of abuse, disordered eating, and self-harm. early adolescence in the mid-2000spink-and-blackgloss that gives my lips bee stingsidentity reduced to the nail polish relatives buy me every birthdayholding on to stuffed animalsuntil a big bag of them gets thrown awaymean girls, misogynistic boys, mini skirtslearning what calories are and countingContinue reading “early adolescence in the mid-2000s”

Not Even a Goodbye

No one owes you anything,Yet you can’t help that feelingOf resentment from bubbling upAs you watch & witnessSomeone’s interest in youGradually begin to wane.It happens to all of us.It’s happened to me this way and the other,But it still hurts to see, to feel,Someone slowly slip away,Stop messaging back,Cancel your dates,Become too busy,Too busy forContinue reading “Not Even a Goodbye”