FF: Both Sides Now

We’ll never be friends, but we’re too exhausted to be enemies, in your flower-strewn backyard on a sunny day. In the slick red shoebox, a hamster’s body lies still. You only got to spend two days with Petey. I resist the urge to laugh at your grief. Instead, I stare down at the dirt mound, […]

FF: Good Here

are you okay? asks the angel sent to seek and find the lost. i flip a page, seated on cottony velvet in a quiet nook:the quiet library at the end of the world.i look up. Excuse me, miss. The wedding feast is ready. And your point is? uncertain, shy, the angel smiles, then leaves mealonewith […]

FF: Along for the Ride

I miss you, especially at the craziest moments. Like I’ll be driving along and picture you there: side-seat driving while telling ridiculous stories. “That’s where the woman was brutally attacked by a pack of rabid koalas*.” (What??? Where??? What???)  And then, “Hey! You missed your turn.” I’ll laugh, rub the tears from my eyes, signal […]

FF: Peaceful Night In

It’s just the two of us, a shared blanket, two mugs of hot cocoa, and Lord of the Rings Extended Edition, the whole trilogy. Halfway through Fellowship, cat number one decides we really are planning to stay for the whole marathon and jumps up on your lap. Then, cat number two snuggles up next to […]

FF: Hidden Treasures

I first met Lissa on the battleground of the cafeteria floor. “Oops,” said Jim. Classic obnoxious jock, he’d “accidentally” knocked her milk to the floor Hesitantly, I walked over. “Are you okay?” Lissa shook her head, took out a second carton. “The lunch lady always gives me extra, in case. Is he gone?” Back at […]

FF: Library War

Two people. One book. One victor. Memories linger: wooden tables, a dark-haired girl, and oh, those angry hazel eyes. Then, came the lengthy explanation, why I should give the book to you. You remember, the book I had in my hand, because I’d gotten there first. In the end, you won that battle, but I […]

FF: Till Next We Meet

In my memories, I see you there on the horizon, disappearing into sunrise, a fresh, crisp day. A bird heralds the dawn, singing your farewell. Golden light bursts through distant clouds. Grass carpets the ground beneath our feet. A long, cresting breeze builds and blows off the lake surface, lifting your hair into messy, charming […]

FF: Forbidden Art

No one can see my face and live, you whisper to me through layers of silk. Kneeling on scratchy straw, pen and paper in hand, I begin to draw. No one need ever know it is your hastily-unveiled face I capture in furtive pen strokes. Shading beneath your chin, long-lashed eyes, curving smile. As the […]

FF: Rearview

I last saw you standing in the driveway waving to my rearview mirror, cheeks dusted red with cold, fingers warm in woolen mittens. In a chilly hotel room, I sit in front of my computer, waiting. My butt rests on a threadbare office chair in front of a wooden desk. I close my eyes and […]