• Katie commented on the post, regulation 1 year, 6 months ago

    straight lines
    tiny up
    maintain our standards

    if you have time to lean,
    you have time to clean.

    ironed hair,
    slightly singed,
    stick straight.

  • Katie commented on the post, tea 1 year, 7 months ago

    Restrained
    constraint
    sip
    through pursed lips
    smile
    thinly.

  • Katie commented on the post, changes 3 years ago

    i am always leaping
    from one change to the next,
    certain that this one
    finally
    will bring me what i seek.

  • Katie commented on the post, incognito 3 years ago

    sometimes I travel to cities
    where no one knows me.
    I stroll through crowded streets
    without worrying about seeing someone
    that I used to know.
    I enjoy these moments of freedom,
    of solitude in company.

    it is smothering, living in one place for too long.

  • Katie commented on the post, passport 3 years ago

    passport clutched in my hand,
    all my possessions on my back,
    i’m coming home.
    the customs official welcomes me back
    to the country i left a year ago,
    but i am already looking past him,
    down the stark hallway,
    ready to hold your face in my hands
    again, at last
    i’m home.

  • Katie commented on the post, lint 3 years ago

    in the dryer, there is always lint. when it has been a good week, there are pieces of sticks and grass stuck in it. that means that i have spent time outside, breathed in fresh air, felt the weight melt away from my shoulders.

  • Katie commented on the post, onward 3 years ago

    onward we trudge,
    past the corpses of dark memories,
    through the tree stumps of the past
    and the brambles of the present.
    always looking forward,
    we never look back.

  • Katie commented on the post, casual 3 years ago

    I wish I could keep things casual with my job. Text it when I felt like it, make a plan to meet up, keep things short and sweet. Wish I could stop myself from getting invested, never take work home, never worry about it when we weren’t together.

    I’ve never been able to stop myself from falling in deep.

  • Katie commented on the post, perspective 3 years ago

    I want to see it from on top of a mountain,
    from the highest point on earth.
    I want to see it from the moon,
    from the sun,
    from the furthest galaxy from here.
    Maybe then it won’t seem like the end of everything.

  • Katie commented on the post, safeguard 3 years ago

    i have ash on my forehead,
    a safeguard against evil.
    nothing will touch me
    if i move my hands just right–
    father, son, holy ghost–
    nothing will touch me
    if i say the right words
    if i visit the right places
    if i do the right things.

    i will make the choice
    again, again again.
    i will be trapped here
    but safe.

  • Katie commented on the post, apron 3 years ago

    She stood in the kitchen with her apron on, like always. Hip leaned against the closed oven door, one foot perched atop the other–a balancing act. This is how I will always remember my mother, with a wooden spoon in her hand and the smell of something simmering in the air. Every important conversation of my childhood took place in this scene,…[Read more]

  • Katie commented on the post, parking 3 years, 1 month ago

    As I waited in the car, I stared at the meter and thought about the lives of the parking enforcers. It would be hard, I thought, to have a job that no one appreciated or saw the point of.

  • Katie commented on the post, eulogy 3 years, 1 month ago

    A dying swan
    Can still be beautiful.
    The solo from Swan Lake
    Is one of my favorites.
    So much expression
    In such little time.
    One last moment
    Before it’s gone.

  • Katie commented on the post, timing 3 years, 1 month ago

    Our timing was always off.
    Every time I reached for you,
    My fingers brushed against the fabric of your shirt
    As you walked away.

    We were always entangled in this sad, partner-less dance,
    Until the day you married her.
    Then I knew that time would make no difference
    Anymore.

  • Katie commented on the post, collar 3 years, 1 month ago

    When I look at my dog Lizzie, I think she is a better Buddhist than I am. She lives in the present and finds so much joy there, while I squander away seconds with constant worry and regret.

  • Katie commented on the post, haircut 3 years, 1 month ago

    Today I am ready for a difference.
    I will cut away the parts of myself
    that no longer serve me.
    I sit down in a barber’s chair.
    I will emerge shorn,
    ready to begin again.