• feather commented on the post, leaving 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    behind the last pair of good shoes she has,
    she walks down the pavement barefoot.
    two shoes and a bad time,
    the autumn air crisp against her red cheeks,
    she looks up and breathes in freedom, tastes
    something sour and sweet, just-ripe, new
    to the world
    to her,
    a penny store candy and a white chocolate rose.
    bold and clear,
    cold and…[Read more]

  • feather commented on the post, rumble 7 months ago

    and roll, the earth alive
    tumbling in waves, an ocean of green and brown,
    mud spilling up around exposed roots,
    worms writhing, branches falling, birds screaming, we run for cover —
    rumble
    and roll, the earth awake
    the sun blotted out by the black of the sky,
    and who knows where we are going, who knows where we’ve come —
    we’ll…[Read more]

  • feather commented on the post, edits 7 months ago

    she pulls them down from the screen, line by line,
    like they are something she can scrub out,
    a life sentence she can undo:
    incoherence.
    a dream, a date,
    a dry smile and bad wine, sat too little lingered too long,
    all of it, she will pull down,
    her fingers still stuck in the glue,
    pulling apart pieces by the gum of their seams.
    clean,…[Read more]

  • feather commented on the post, received 3 years ago

    he blinks,
    thumbs through the pages,
    a slight widening of the eyes.

    do you like it?
    she hovers over his shoulder,
    watches and fidgets and worries.

    his eyes trace the words,
    back and forth in quick, sharp lines
    and the corner of his mouth twitches.

    do you like it?

    of course i do.

  • feather commented on the post, caramel 4 years, 4 months ago

    it was sticky and sweet and it stuck to her fingertips. he gave her a lopsided half-smile and reached out to dot her nose with it, gooey and golden and autumn-smelling, and she squealed, leaning away, batting at his hands.

    it was sticky and sweet and didn’t wash out easily, but it was love and they both knew it.

  • feather commented on the post, mispelled 4 years, 9 months ago

    “it’s a y, not an i”
    your lips form a tight line but i laugh
    and trace the “i” darker in the sand
    with the sunburned heel of my right foot.

    i don’t care how it’s spelled
    i don’t care how i feel.
    saltwater waves will swallow you whole, every consonant,
    one misprinted “i” buried in sand-memory and time.

  • feather commented on the post, gamer 4 years, 9 months ago

    he clickclickclicks
    and she watches the back of his head,
    those absentminded fingers pulling
    through his hair;

    she taps her own out on the keyboard
    leveling up
    attempting to be the kind of girl
    he’ll love online and off.

  • feather commented on the post, pines 5 years, 5 months ago

    smell
    (in, out, breathe)
    she does.
    closes her eyes and
    stretches up on the tips of her toes
    as if she can rise to green-pointed tips of the earth.
    smell
    he smiles as he laces her fingers between his
    closes his eyes and
    breathes in the musky nighttime forest cologne
    that colors the air around them.
    (in, out, breathe)
    they are between…[Read more]

  • feather commented on the post, actual 6 years, 3 months ago

    actually, i want pumpkin spice, please.
    she fingers the candles thoughtfully and imagines him calling her name,
    coming home to a living room of swirling autumn-scented love.
    they’re on sale, chirps the redheaded salesclerk,
    three for the price of one or ten for the price of five.
    she closes her eyes and dreams him home and says,
    just one, for now.

  • feather commented on the post, ground 6 years, 4 months ago

    her eyes are glued to skylights, to airplane silhouettes, to stars.
    she stumbles over untied shoelaces
    and forgets her coffee mug on the apartment table
    along with her goodbye kisses.

    you’re always looking up,
    he whispers, lips on her ear.
    i wish you’d look at me instead.

    she gives him a ghost of a smile,
    dreaming of constellations,…[Read more]

  • feather commented on the post, upper 6 years, 5 months ago

    turtlenecks, red leaf earrings,
    she wishes he’d reach over for her hand.
    would you
    could you
    but instead he gestures to the waiter,
    we’ll take a seat on the upper floor,
    on the balcony.
    she sits watching […]

  • feather commented on the post, dilemma 6 years, 9 months ago

    she pauses, considers.

    checks the box marked “yes.”

  • feather commented on the post, alibi 6 years, 10 months ago

    she turns the corner,
    a quick tip of the head and a vanishing tan hat,
    maybe he’s gone forever maybe he’s not,
    and where were you?
    you couldn’t spare sixty cents to pay the tip,
    could you?
    you vanished into […]

  • feather commented on the post, orbit 7 years, 1 month ago

    i couldn’t pick up the pieces fast enough,
    all the pinpricks of space between my fingers falling through
    down
    down
    down
    and there was never a crash or burn because
    in space you can’t hear yourself think
    or […]

  • feather commented on the post, sparkling 7 years, 2 months ago

    she has a voice like windchimes, and he is dazzled from the moment she opens her mouth. his lips part and a smile curls at the edges involuntarily and he wants to lean forward and press his lips to hers, soft and pink and dripping stardust in every syllable she speaks, and when she looks […]

  • feather commented on the post, icicle 7 years, 4 months ago

    like an ice pop-
    pop!-
    and she giggles as he licks the frozen cherry juice
    off the tip of her nose.
    their pop!s
    hang in the frigid winter air,
    their warm exhales of laughter forming clouds above their heads;
    cupid’s arrows in frozen ice pops,
    icicles in disguise.

  • feather commented on the post, combination 7 years, 4 months ago

    chocolate ice cream and strawberries, a swirl of whipped cream and forty four cents (from her) three dollars (from him); two red-striped straws and breathless smiles, the smell of banana splits in the air and the jingle of the bell on the door, little children squealing, sprinkles and fudge sundaes and squeaky linoleum floors, breathless […]

  • feather commented on the post, stacks 7 years, 5 months ago

    row upon row of empty shelves, ghostly shadows of worn paperbacks, tattered hardcovers, well read and loved too long ago for dust to leave a trail behind. row upon row of empty stories, lives hidden between lines of crisp black ink, yours for the living when you get the chance. and i miss her with […]

  • feather commented on the post, couch 7 years, 6 months ago

    and he is sitting so close, almost shoulder to shoulder, his hand resting lightly on one knee drumming drumming drumming and that smile that lights up the room (still drumming drumming drumming) and i am looking at him, trying to memorize every detail and line of his face every spark in his eyes, wishing i […]

  • feather commented on the post, division 7 years, 6 months ago

    two times two is four. four times four is sixteen. my heart times your heart? well, what’s that? nobody ever taught me why long division is any use at all and nobody ever taught me how love works in relation to the numbers i understand. looking at the back of her blonde pigtailed head, my […]