One Year with Abnormally Puffy Eyes

I was in a McDonald’s bathroom somewhere in Iowa.I was exhausted from a weekend full of family time and walking around the Minnesota State Fair.My dad and I had left a few hours before dawn and began the long drive back home.As soon as we got on the road, I instantly fell back asleep, holdingContinue reading “One Year with Abnormally Puffy Eyes”

XXVI

I’m older than I was but I still feel quite young.Birthdays aren’t as celebratory the older I get. It’s just another age that takes a whole yearTo adjust to saying, only to have to change itWhen my birthday comes along again.There’s nothing special about turning 26 Except for health insurance and my license expires.As aContinue reading “XXVI”

I Don’t Remember Your Name But I Do Remember Where You Live

If you take to me some place new, then tell me to find my way backwithout using a map or phone, I can do it.I could not be paying attention,distracted by the screen in my handor the music I’m listening to,and I’d still be able to find the streetI’ve only been on once before.I canContinue reading “I Don’t Remember Your Name But I Do Remember Where You Live”

Morning Crossword

The open screen door lets the cool morning air into the kitchen. Water is heating in a pot that’s on a circle plugged into the wall sitting on the counter. I open my computer and do a New York Times’ crossword puzzle as I wait for the boiling point. When I hear the circle turnContinue reading “Morning Crossword”

Patterns of Summer Rain

I look out to the west to see  the mountains have vanished  underneath a blanket of heavy  rain clouds. For hours, I wait for  the rain to fall. Sometimes, it comes  and passes within minutes. Other times,  like today, it lingers for hours, teasing  its arrival while never actually  making its way to the plains.

II

There’s a split in my reality  every morning and night.  When what I see doubles  into this hallucination like state,  my brain is confused. My eyes  don’t work together for longer than  twelve hours a day. Individually, they’re fine. Left is down  and right is up. If I cover one,  my vision is single andContinue reading “II”

Outside of the Box

Society has a standard for everyone. If you’re outside of the cookie cutter Example, then you’re deemed as different. As we grow up, we realize we all have our Struggles and strides, we’re all different in Some shape or form. Though, those who Are capable of protecting what makes them Different are lucky. Those whoContinue reading “Outside of the Box”

Love Isn’t Defined by Gender

Love isn’t defined by gender. But we live in a society where Many people are still taught Love between a man and a woman is natural And everything else is sinful.This teaching is dangerous because It leads to shame for those who love peopleOutside the heteronormative view.Acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community has grownOver the lastContinue reading “Love Isn’t Defined by Gender”