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Hot gas fills the air // makes the kitchen warm // as I watch, the light is quivering // a microcosm storm // suddenly I’m hungry // you’re walking very near // looking straight at me // you say “when is dinner, dear?”

» Posted By emay On 03.10.2017 @ 9:40 pm


In a flash, she was off, reluctant to be anyone’s fool. There were things in life you just stand up for – and this one one. After all, there are fewer ways to lose a friend than to treat them as if they were disposable. Like a mirror, this turns on you. She walked out the door for good.

» Posted By emay On 03.01.2017 @ 5:58 am


It seemed unlikely that they’d take the bait, it was all to obvious if you knew what was going on. But, with the trap set and the eyes fixed on the prize, the lure was working. What could she do but stop breathing? The moments in between were an eternity, but closer it was coming. She couldn’t blink. She couldn’t turn away. She couldn’t look anymore. She shut her eyes and took a deep, quiet breath.

A second chance… She opened her eyes, and there he was, looking directly at her. She screamed and jumped backwards, but they surrounded her. “This is a nice trap you’ve set for us.” He grazed his finger across her writhing face. “Too bad you didn’t realize that it was really a trap for you.”

» Posted By emay On 07.21.2015 @ 5:51 pm

It seemed unlikely that they’d take the bait, it was all to obvious if you knew what was going on. But, with the trap set and the eyes fixed on the prize, the lure was working. What could she do but stop breathing? The moments in between were an eternity, but closer it was coming. She couldn’t blink. She couldn’t turn away. She couldn’t look anymore. She shut her eyes and took a deep, quiet breath.

» Posted By emay On 07.21.2015 @ 5:49 pm


Tell it like it is, dear friend, tell me of your pain.
Let go of this battle sword, let go of the rain.
Tell me of your sorrows, tell me once again,
Let me hold your hand and be the voice of one more friend.

I see the way you hold yourself, and you should not be ashamed –
Everyone who’s walked this path finds freedom once the lion’s tamed.

» Posted By emay On 06.23.2015 @ 11:31 am


I thought I saw you before I did, and then you were not you, the reflection of a shadow cast that appears long after you have soared above. You didn’t have to die that day, but then again, none of us do. We could have died long before — it could have been a much longer winter. The storm that you bring each time you rev your engine brings storms now, torrential hail and winds that gust from all directions.

» Posted By emay On 06.16.2015 @ 1:31 pm


let the same thing reappear, let my decisions be wiser this time
and as the song we again will hear, let the music be sublime
let me taste the cool spring water
let the light of day begin
to make us warmer to the other
and bring the truth of the world on in

» Posted By emay On 06.10.2015 @ 8:37 am


I’ve learned to look for the beauty in the world. What we seek we find. When I look for trouble, I find it. So, I look for beauty, for love, for ways to be helpful. I look for justice, for harmony, for the things that make life worth living. Love. Always love. When I find myself looking for something other than this, I know where I’m headed. So I turn again, aim towards the things I want more of in my life.

» Posted By emay On 06.03.2015 @ 12:05 pm


Picking a fight with myself. My past comes up from behind, throws its arms around my neck, knocks me to the ground. My future throws some kicks to the guts, one in the face for good measure. Tired and bleeding, I don’t have the fight in me now to stand, barely to breathe. I lay limp until they give up.

Minute two… Time passes. I look up, my eyes are red and full of sweat and tears. The sky is hazy, bloodshot. Time continues to pass. I feel my lungs, breathe in. I can be here, now. I can be here without their vengeance. I can be here without regret. I can be here, now.

» Posted By emay On 06.01.2015 @ 4:09 pm


Let’s place the blame on the serpent who moves silently through the garden, the one who whissspered in the ear of the young woman so long ago. And we watch it, now, protecting the plants from rodents, not interfering with anything but the cycle of life. It coils around itself, sleeps under the rock at the back corner of the squash patch. The dog bounces around it, but does not attempt to attack.

» Posted By emay On 05.23.2015 @ 11:38 am


A blemish on her past. The repeating history, again presents itself, open like a flower for her to enjoy. She shuddered. The tarnish does not fade, she reminded herself. She cannot arrive again, in this place. She cannot repeat the mistake. If she lets it go, the past, it is over. If she repeats it then, well, here we are again.

» Posted By emay On 05.21.2015 @ 2:19 pm


Later, the curve of her wrist would remind him of her weight. The dust would remind him of a day it wasn’t there. The dripping faucet would come back to him in a flash, the things he didn’t do and the things that he had done. Her wrist, her thigh, her foot – the moments she flashed her eyes in his direction.

» Posted By emay On 05.20.2015 @ 7:14 pm


I took the rod from his hand, let him move my arm back and forth, speeding up slightly and then releasing. We sat and waited, he held me, I held the line. One minute or two, and pulled it back in. The fish waited under the surface to make their move.

» Posted By emay On 05.19.2015 @ 10:07 am


Let my arms tell my story, the broken and bruised spots blurred, the marks faded, the incisions healed. The story is of growth, love after death, walking through the pain, breaking bad habits. I cannot erase these marks, would not want to: they are mine, my story, my history.

» Posted By emay On 05.13.2015 @ 8:45 am


There are answers in a prayer, wrapped together to form one thing out of two — yes, it has been heard, and no, you will not get it. Yes, there is pain, and, no, it is not pointless. Yes, dreams come true, and no, you do not get them free of charge. We walk through this time, aiming at the future, solely grounded on where we’ve come from. Yet, to be here, in this moment, our past and future lives entwined, this is the blessing I’ve asked for and always received.

» Posted By emay On 05.12.2015 @ 10:26 am


Left of stage, the light does not hit. The momentum has not begun yet. A small light, a small movement, the actor brings himself to the center. Then he stops. He does not move again. Until. His eyes, rise, he looks offstage, in her direction. He waits until she appears.

» Posted By emay On 05.11.2015 @ 10:11 am


Let go of what you thought was real. Dance with the dust off your former life. Talk to me as a thousand rays of light, space dissolving back into what we are able to see.

» Posted By emay On 05.09.2015 @ 11:36 am


Left pass, over the shoulder. Let me not be that much older. On the edge, the flip, the turn. Let me be the one who learns. Take a break, forget the rhyme, and call me back another time. I see you, and you see me, once upon a memory.

» Posted By emay On 05.08.2015 @ 9:19 am


The connection we feel. The love we share. I hold you and we are together again. The touch on your wound, the light on your skin, the moments we ate apart, then together again.

» Posted By emay On 05.07.2015 @ 6:12 am


Trace the edge, the hard-worn line, the outskirts of the negative space. Feel the grip of graphite on paper, the dust settling off the trail that has been blazed. Hold the pencil lightly and let it take its own path. Remove the cutout, admire the object that has appeared upon the page.

» Posted By emay On 05.05.2015 @ 6:43 am


I’ve taken the time I need on this, peel the layer of the onions back. Each has made me cry, and yet there is something deeper. I’ve taken the time I need. I’ve walked through the pain. I’ve not taken a drink, not emptied my sorrows on another man, not wasted this precious learning experience. The choice still exists, but by making the difficult choice, I’ve been given my freedom back.

» Posted By emay On 04.28.2015 @ 7:21 pm


There she is, the lion woman, sitting tall in her pride. The lakshmi, the durga, the goddess of wisdom. She is within us, she is around us, always there to support and grow. She helps us follow our intuition, discover our divinity, accept that the universe is us and we are the universe. Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu.

» Posted By emay On 04.24.2015 @ 6:03 pm


Let it change your life.
Face into the moment, the fire, the war waging since before we were born.
Since before mankind was born.
Face into the fire – let it change your life.
Fall deep within the foxhole, trust your savior to stand up.
Do not give up on yourself.
Do not give up on your creator.
Do not kill one another.
Let the fear change your life.

» Posted By emay On 04.09.2013 @ 10:12 am


It started with the heat, cold pushing off to the north. The swarms were abundant, the crops had nothing to harvest. In the moment when everything seemed still, there was a baby crying. Not long after is when he died. Then, it was just the three of us alone.

» Posted By emay On 04.01.2013 @ 7:57 am


There’s a light, there’s a tunnel, a walkway, a snare. Whichever way you go, you’ll be there. Step on the wing and let go in the sky: whichever way you so, so will I… So let your hair fall out of your face, let the wind blow let it blow let it blow. Let the sky call you higher to grace, let the walls fall as you flee from this place.

» Posted By emay On 08.02.2012 @ 9:56 am


Never felt like it was enough anyways, she said, walking away. Never thought what? he yelled afterwards. She kept her stride, walking between people on the crowded sidewalk. As he followed her, she seemed to get faster – the people seemed to fill even more of the space, until all he could hear was her echo.

» Posted By emay On 07.31.2012 @ 10:57 am


Still in wait, a moment of pause before the fight begins. He heaves a breath, awaiting certain death, and knows that if nothing else, he will put everything he has into this fight. His breath is steady and strong, his eyes lowered. The bell rings. He looks up.

» Posted By emay On 04.26.2012 @ 9:51 am


A moment in time – “Take a picture, it lasts longer” the young girl laughs as she tosses her purse over the other shoulder. She does not know her beauty, the hidden moment of innocence that wanders off with age. She takes care to walk closely with her friends, showing only what will not be deemed inappropriate in school, and was that a wink the driver saw her throw his way? He will never be sure. (for KE, 2000)

» Posted By emay On 02.06.2012 @ 5:28 am


wrapping around her hips, tempo just ever-so-slightly increasing, raising it to her chest, around her arms, neck, over and under, over and under, over and under, down to her knees, tensing in the thighs… she spins around herself, spinning around the world, the world spinning around her, moving in time with the universe as it spinnnns….

» Posted By emay On 01.28.2012 @ 12:03 pm


The snow circles the snowy hillside, and falls softly on shaky ground. The trees have long since left this hillside, and the dirt, en masse, launches its muddy self towards the road below. And the sidewalk above is left with little to stand upon, the woman who sits on the bench next to the road stands and watches the ground slip away instantly. She stands shakily, grateful for one more moment and her breath.

» Posted By emay On 01.15.2012 @ 9:45 am

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