Proximity

Later, when this is all over I believe I would like to drag the back of my fingernail across the skin just above your elbow feel the press of your lips to the inside of my wrist catch the shell of your ear between my teeth and pull, just a little. Coat my palate with...

How I Figured Out Flirting is a PTSD Trigger

I Oh you were such a good sport Until pretty recently,  bulldozing my way through fear  had been a survival tactic  And you tried to let me work through it Right there in the middle of the Cheesecake Factory Over the driest club sandwich I’ve ever eaten But I do not...

Things I’m Not Afraid of Anymore

I— Spiders I don’t think it’s a good idea for you to stay You’re too big- you’ll surely be noticed by people in this house who won’t handle you like this I grab a cup and paper (I am not afraid, but there are limits) at the first touch, you curl up and fall into the...

The #CoolAunt Cycle

To a Squirrel, Age 8 You there, boy, say something unprecedented again. “Imagine if car tires were made of pizza” you posit, so I do. I consider it seriously,  but you’ve pivoted to designing a board game, while beatboxing and flying a pen around like a spaceship....

Wildfire Mitigation Practices

So now fire is a season. We anticipate the burning- clear the brush and broken twigs One hundred foot clearance to keep our homes safe from ruin. And there’s the curious practice of backburning: Set a fire to stop a fire. Do the damage yourself to control what gets...