• reem commented on the post, tank 6 years ago

    The girl vomited into the vat of hotdog pulp. That was the story my fifth grade teacher told us, and I wonder now is she was lying. How many of idols–then, now, childhood, last year–had constructed themselves from pieces of folklore and pop songs. My teacher also played us Louis Armstrong, and we liked it, so I left with soft jazz stuck in my…[Read more]

  • reem commented on the post, transmission 6 years ago

    We often played Joy Division. We played it on popping vinyl, imagining we were English by the sea.

  • reem commented on the post, measure 6 years, 1 month ago

    The stove dials said “LITE,” and I wondered at the misspelling. Was it foreign? From the time of my grandparents? I’d never used gas before and the way the flames leapt out in an ocean roar made me jump back, count the ways I was still alive.

  • reem commented on the post, timid 6 years, 1 month ago

    Words are always too much or not enough, too few or too many. “Balance is proportions and not opposite,” I said to the Pole in London, late-night drunk and walking to the store for more cider. No, I’m lying. I didn’t say that. I thought it and laughed while stiffly trying to shrug off his hand.

  • reem commented on the post, bluegrass 6 years, 1 month ago

    Texas was bluegrass, and blue grass, and cockroaches scuttling out of it in swarm when the sun went down. Late night dehydration was a battle, a brave arms against the bugs, thrashing against their ancient exoskeletons until they curled into themselves, pussing and bleeding into the linoleum. They would always be there after you were gone.

  • reem commented on the post, bluegrass 6 years, 1 month ago

    They danced on the roof, bulky bodies swaying over the glow and crowd from the festival below. They could smell the sour sunny beer swelling up, and they felt themselves waving against it, sweat clinging to fabric and fingers sinking into skin.

  • reem commented on the post, clamp 6 years, 2 months ago

    The bent metal of the shop light you bought when you said you were going to work on the car, fix all of the broke small pieces, the ones that didn’t change anything, didn’t keep us from going grocery shopping or taking the dog to the vet, but still made the drives over less than the windy American movie ideal.

  • reem commented on the post, rally 6 years, 2 months ago

    How we loved to rally, around a Cause, a capitalized and towering Cause, around a God, a capitalized–of course–God. We rallied around our loves and our families and our school spirits and always we were fizzing into the swarm.

  • reem commented on the post, ensue 6 years, 5 months ago

    It ensued. Like fire and chaos and fear and all of those things that we associated with big, with bright, with violence. And it was always the violence that was illuminating the flowers and rooftops. There was a light there.

  • reem commented on the post, calling 7 years, 5 months ago

    You were calling me everyday, asking how I was. I was calling myself good and well and doing alright and you were repeating those words back to me. Remember when we used to talk about things that weren’t […]

  • reem commented on the post, warned 8 years ago

    I warned myself not to call you. I visualized where I would be in two weeks if I gave in to my compulsion. I would probably lying in bed in the middle of the afternoon, staring anxiously at my phone, praying for the three-inch screen to light up with your name splashed across it.

  • reem commented on the post, waver 8 years, 5 months ago

    Some people are wavers. Some are greeters. I’m a smiler but not a speaker.

  • reem commented on the post, eyeliner 8 years, 5 months ago

    We wear our eyeliner like a badge of truth. You can hide those tears behind smiles and giggles, but the dark smudge your eye will always give you away.

  • reem commented on the post, fluorescent 8 years, 5 months ago

    If I ever saw you again I would draw all over your face with yellow highlighter, as a fluorescent warning to anyone who ever tries to love you.

  • reem commented on the post, fluorescent 8 years, 5 months ago

    Fluorescent like light bulbs. Or those fish that live deep, deep in the bottom of the sea. The ones that look like something someone made up, but not me because I’m not that creative. They’re real I think, but I don’t know for sure because I’ve never seen one and how can i know that […]