On Thoughtworms and Mother Wounds

It’s in there, burrowed down deep inside like a parasite.

It’s my mother voice, nasal and deep fried and tainted yellow by cigarette smoke snarking

“You see your Hell here on Earth.”

Chapter 34

This past Saturday, without much fanfare and while shivering in the chilly November breeze, I welcomed my thirty-fourth year of life by watching my son take part in the local Veteran’s Day parade. I stood alone on the sidewalk of my small town’s Main Street as vintage cars, Girls Scouts, and a few of the […]

Inheritance

My family medical history reads like a Cause of Death report Any one of the illnesses I’m set to inherit Would be the case close decision For any dead body in any morgue Anywhere And if the high blood pressure, diabetes, And likelihood of breast and/or ovarian cancer Doesn’t clock me out early and in […]

Dear Toxic Friend, This Is Goodbye.

I don’t know how to start this. Perhaps my hesitation is from this not being easy or enjoyable to write. So here goes. This is my goodbye. This fragile relationship of ours is no longer good for me. You are no longer good for me. Your passive aggression taints every conversation we have, like second-hand […]

Selfishness VS Self Care

She was crying. She was yelling. She was stomping her feet. Her hands were fists, shaking with rage. She was a middle-aged woman. And her day was ruined. But the thing is, it wasn’t just her day. It was a family day. And not just any random Sunday dinner type family day, but a day […]

Icy Roads

I live in the Southeastern United States. Winter, to us, is only a slight reprieve from oppressive damp heat and endless pollen. That being said, I have no idea how to drive on an icy road. If it’s icy, I retreat further into my home and refuse to venture out. I’m a horrible driver on […]