• Amanda commented on the post, tea 1 year, 5 months ago

    It’s almost time for iced tea again. This morning I walked to my car and surprised myself in my own comfort, the air feeling like my skin instead of the cold I’ve had for months. I like the cold but the warm is welcome when I consider its counterpoint of spring ducklings, irises blooming, and iced tea on the back deck.

  • Amanda commented on the post, doorway 1 year, 8 months ago

    If you look up at any given time you can usually see a doorway. Maybe someone going through the main door at work with its glass front and smooth metal bar, or it’s your house where you’re locked inside, warm and doubting if you should’ve really stayed home sick.

  • Amanda commented on the post, tradition 2 years, 7 months ago

    You can be smoking and writing at the same time, depending on your dedication to either craft. Right now the air feels cloudy and warm, with a dry taste of ash in my mouth as my fingers type. Upholding the tradition of literature, or something. I wonder if there’s any more champagne.

  • Amanda commented on the post, simmer 2 years, 7 months ago

    There’s something simmering in the other room, smells kind of like beer even though she never cooks with that. I’m in my room, next to the books I haven’t touched in a few years, thinking about what it would have been like if I didn’t major in English. If I got a skill that landed me other than my mom’s house on New Year’s eve.

  • Amanda commented on the post, western 2 years, 9 months ago

    A good old fashioned drive in movie, next to the place you used to go camping. Some friends bring cheap Mexican cokes and you open one, showing off how you can flip off the cap with your keys and cutting yourself in the process. Your friends laugh, you suck your thumb and watch the flickering popcorn ad up on the huge screen mounted in front of a…[Read more]

  • Amanda commented on the post, banker 2 years, 9 months ago

    Banking time with her, for the most part. Listening when she talks, thinking about what we’re going to do later while I watch her mouth move. I’m not sure when we met. Maybe at the bank, in line for a bored teller to take a check? Maybe at school, or the bus? Either way it doesn’t matter so long as I stay on this park bench, with her, watching her…[Read more]

  • Amanda commented on the post, lift 2 years, 9 months ago

    “Let’s order a Lyft and get into the city or something, have fun. Sushi maybe and it’s been ages since we got our nails done.” She looks at me and cocks her head with the same patient enthusiasm on her face that you would see on a Labrador. I snuggle into the sweatpants I’ve been wearing for 2 days and look at her, perplexed. “Why get your nails…[Read more]

  • Amanda commented on the post, thieves 2 years, 9 months ago

    We were thick as thieves, my sister and I. We went to the park and skinned our knees together, made ‘real’ medicine out of mud and leaves and bark together, ran around in the woods like wild children together. My sister and I, we were together. My sister and I. We aren’t together, anymore. We were thick as thieves. The man who hurt her didn’t care.

  • Amanda commented on the post, cult 3 years, 3 months ago

    It’s funny that the thing I’m thinking most about in the few seconds before this page loaded is that I am going to fuck up the writing for this prompt. There’s a group of devotes from my graduating college class who do all the right things for past English majors to do: they go to poetry slams and raise their arms at good lines, there’s snapping…[Read more]

  • Amanda commented on the post, transform 3 years, 3 months ago

    There aren’t many things like being a kid on a hot day when the adults are at work, mid summer vacation, playing with the neighbor girl who you guess is ok but she can be bossy sometimes. You skip around and ride bikes and lay under the trees near the transformer station, next to a weird humming green box that’s warm to the touch, and think about…[Read more]

  • Amanda commented on the post, chaos 3 years, 3 months ago

    The ship was thrown into a chaos of waves and crashing reef near the shoreline as soaking wet sailors clutched at beams and door frames, hoping this was not the day.

  • Amanda commented on the post, tale 3 years, 3 months ago

    Telling a tall tale isn’t considered something great. It’s something that you’ll get called out on, when telling a story over a breakfast table surrounded by people you kind of sort of know from high school, and you”ll have a moment of wondering if it is a tall tale and that your memory betrayed you.

  • Amanda commented on the post, conjured 6 years, 5 months ago

    You’re not supposed to think about it for too long or whatever may have been there will disappear like it never was into something kind of awful that you’ll read back and think fuck, what the hell was I thinking, I sound so pretentions. But sometimes even if you type fast…you still do it. Conjured.

  • Amanda commented on the post, sanctity 6 years, 6 months ago

    I am so foreign to the idea of sanctity that it took me a while to read it. I read two parts, san ctity, a place like vegas a little short of sin and with a mispelled city to match it. I’m not sure why it’s like this but I don’t mind because it reminds me of all the religions that have ever been sold to me by well meaing college boys in ripped…[Read more]

  • Amanda commented on the post, salesman 6 years, 6 months ago

    You’re trying to sell something to me but I can’t stop staring at the piece of grey stuck in your teeth like a tiny little animal, growling between your pointed incisors. Your lips are flabby and the same pink as oldish salmon you get from QFC and I vaguely wonder if I’ll have children someday even though I’ve never wanted them.

  • Amanda commented on the post, think 6 years, 6 months ago

    You said that you’ll call me as soon as you know but you can’t because in the millisecond it takes for you to press that button with the finger of one hand you’re with the knowledge of what happened and it’s before and without me. So when the dog gets put down and the kids are at the dentist getting their teeth cleaned and I’m at work, sipping…[Read more]

  • Amanda commented on the post, husband 6 years, 6 months ago

    The man of the house is out today, scrubbing the lawn with a little lawnmower with tarnished red caps over the spinning blades. A family of rabbits hide deep in the coolness of grass blades and sleep dreamlessly as a tornado passes over.

  • Amanda commented on the post, wall 6 years, 6 months ago

    I hit the wall. Not proverbially, although maybe, but I’m mostly talking about the gym wall that managed to chip one of my teeth when Kathy plowed into me during pickup. My mouth still tastes like paste and I’m pretty sure that she’s no longer interested in sleeping with me on Thursday night.

  • Amanda commented on the post, murder 6 years, 6 months ago

    There is a murder of crows outside of my apartment and they are hovering in a way that makes me think the garbage man will be here soon. He is in his scruffy 20s and has a cartoonish tattoo of something and I’m not sure why I’m still home right now when I could be going to the store already. I wonder if he has a wife while I sip the drink in my hands.