Nightmare

In my dream, I’m in the bed I’m sleeping in. I can’t move. I try to roll but I can’t. It feels like gravity has pinned me to the mattress. Lying on my back, head looking turned right, arms at my side, I hear a sound coming. It’s the sound of chaos, it sounds likeContinue reading “Nightmare”

January Walk

From 2021 The ice cold wind gives me no favors. It burns my lungs the way I imagine a cigarette would. It feels like knives are cutting off my airways when I try to inhale. In these moments I feel my incapabilities fully. The pain from the air shoots through my chest as I tryContinue reading “January Walk”

End of the Year Observations

The noise that overtook my thoughts slowly faded into a gentle silence. The cat purred in my presence as he drifted off into dreams. Christmas lights hung from the trees lit up the warm winter nights. One text distracted me from my anxiety. Anticipation for a moment was worse than the moment itself. We’re almostContinue reading “End of the Year Observations”

Up The Hill

I ran up the hill before the others could follow. I held onto the leash connected to my dog. He kept me going. It’s the only way I could get up without feeling the air escape from my lungs. It gave me time to move forward without thinking. We passed families carrying down Christmas trees,Continue reading “Up The Hill”

A Writer’s Problem

I was busy focusing on my work when an idea leaped into my head. It was a line for a possible poem. I began to daydream of all the lines that would come after. When I realized I wasn’t in a place where I could write it down, I told myself I’d remember it laterContinue reading “A Writer’s Problem”

Trip to Greenville

A few weeks ago, I took a day trip with my aunt and uncle up to Greenville, Maine. We drove around and had lunch near the lake at a place called the Stress Free Moose. We entered the restaurant and the bar was packed with people. On a Tuesday afternoon! We ate outside and people-watchedContinue reading “Trip to Greenville”

Reading By The Lake

Late September, early fall, crisp in the air. Center Pond, Maine, late-afternoon. I sit by the lake with a jacket and boots on, kindle in my hand. The leaves across the way are changing. The slight breeze in the air drops the temperature, but the sun blaring in my eyes allows some warmth to stay.Continue reading “Reading By The Lake”

Quiet Plane Ride

I never realized how quiet plane rides are until recently. I took an early morning flight last Saturday. The plane wasn’t full. All the passengers were told to spread out. I sat by a window and pulled down the shade. A woman sat by the aisle, leaving the middle seat free. I spent the twoContinue reading “Quiet Plane Ride”

Play in My Head

The sun sets behind the mountains. Blue clouds linger before fading into the darkness. The house across the street has its lights on. It doesn’t look real. It looks like a house on a stage or on a set of a show. I see no people in the windows, maybe that’s why it looks outContinue reading “Play in My Head”