Fate of Refusal

I refuse to accept my fate as a diagnosis. I am not ill, Nor am I seeking a prescription My future is not a prognosis. I refuse to accept my fate as a conclusion. I am not a plot, Nor am I seeking a role My future is not an allusion. I refuse to accept…

Sharp Sardinian

If the nuraghi, sa petza ‘e cuaddu, or white sand calas, don’t satiate your thirst for authenticity, find a traditional resòlza maker. The Supramonte villages will direct you, and, if you’re lucky, you’ll find Vico in the hills near Baunei. In a gravel driveway off the main road, surrounded by unassuming junk, you’ll find the entrance…

Your Orchard

About not comparing yourself to others, because they couldn’t wait so they forced everything, their marriages and careers, and are now actually miserable. Because they can’t find true happiness. Something that takes time. Something that takes discovering.   You are not behind. You are not slow. You are not a late bloomer.   It’s all…

Romencing Age

The beauty isn’t in her age or experience. It isn’t even in her wisdom, nor the applause of her ancient cobblestone streets that have been polished into their dark sheen, illuminated in the twilight sun so that they look like they were just set and laid. It is in the way her eyes pierce her subjects, even…

Nothing Rests

“There he is!” Rachel exclaimed and pointed at her window. “I don’t see anything. I told you you’re hallucinating,” replied Katie. “Katie stop! How do you not see him?!” “Dude, you just smoked too much again, chill out. Can I go back to my room now? It’s been like an hour.” “Please don’t! Wait. Can…

Cleanse

The ocean cleans a man It calms him Makes him whole again   The water and its salt resolves and revives Its waves wash everything over and away Its surf refines and clarifies every footprint   Your grain of sand, that drifted around the world and was shaped by Earth’s breaths, to meet your sole is…

The Architect

“I love you!” I yelled as loudly as I could, so she would hear me from the other side of the cabin. “I know, sweety,” I heard her whisper. Fourteen years, to the day, that I decided to love her, at first sight. I had loved others, and still do, and love my friends and…

The Solstice Shave

Once a year when one normally hibernates, lets oneself go wild and hides behind hair, when we wake before the sun and tuck her in at night, that’s when one must come clean   In the cold dead of the night the longest of the year that’s when you should be reborn and redrawn Smooth…

Saved

She stood only about 100 yards from me, on the other side of the rushing creek, our eyes locked. The sounds of the forest couldn’t mask her breath, synchronized with mine, condensing with every exhale, as if we were both breathing fire. My hatchet lay just three yards east of me, near the opening of my…

Mom

Who were you before the first snow fell?   You were a woman, a daughter, a sister   What were you before the first flower bloomed?   You were a student, a worker, a friend   And then you became a mother You were all these things, but most importantly you became a mother, my mother,…