Life Isn’t That Serious, Revisited

Content note: this piece makes mention of domestic violence and death. I want to revisit the concept of life not being that serious. I wrote this piece shortly after something serious happened in my life that brought up a lot of trauma and pain. I spent several long nights alone in the dark with thisContinue reading “Life Isn’t That Serious, Revisited”

Happy Birthday, Dad

Content note: this piece deals with addiction, abuse, and intergenerational trauma. I wish my father a happy birthday.He tells me he’s drinking again,And that he hardly heard from anyone.I can only ever write poems about him. Write back, he always says.His emails come quickly, contain hardly anything.Write back, he always says.Write back. I have toContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Dad”

A Strained Relationship

Content note: this piece discusses alcohol consumption, binge drinking, intoxication, and trauma. It also briefly describes sexual assault. I have a strained relationship with alcohol. I don’t really drink except when I do. Throughout my twenties, drinking gradually evolved from an enjoyable activity to one I’m rather afraid of. There have been too many nightsContinue reading “A Strained Relationship”

The Knowing

Content note: this piece contains abstract references to trauma. Sometimes, you want to stay in the dark because the light is too much to take. Sometimes, you choose the dark. Sometimes, you say no to new information. Yes, even in the information age. Yes, even in the disinformation age. Sometimes, you say no. Sometimes, youContinue reading “The Knowing”

What to Cry Over: A Letter to Myself

Content note: this piece contains discussion of heteronormativity and references to trauma. Sometimes people come into your life when you need them and then leave when you don’t. You might feel like you still need them. Perhaps they created the illusion of need. But you don’t. If they left, it’s because the lesson has beenContinue reading “What to Cry Over: A Letter to Myself”