Wildfire

Wildfire, wildfire My, how you’ve spread From thawing my heart To burning my head You moved so quickly I failed to see You were slowly Consuming me First a small flame Only to keep warm But you spread through my forest And I’m praying for storms To douse the ashes With pouring rain Put out…

I was here

We each have bones beneath our flesh A brain we did not choose A heart that fills our veins with blood A body we’ll eventually lose We all have feelings hard to handle Thoughts difficult to let go Memories haunting our consciousness But one thing we should know We have a choice to embrace And…

A Stream Down a Mountainside

I remember the first time I read poetry to people outside of my family It was in junior high when our English teacher asked the class to memorise and recite The Raven My teacher was one of the most intelligent I had had thus far I looked up to her and admired her views of…

Dear Reader

I wanted to plant an astonishing garden Chose seeds I thought you might like Over-watered the soil everyday And built in a place with little sunlight But it has all been for you The pale petals and wilted leaves Beads of sweat and dirty knees The flowers may be dying Give me credit for creating…

Dying in the Shower

I used to fear undressing in front of my own family And being the punchline of a fat joke Or at the wrong end of a stomach poke As if their opinions weren’t just as warped by society as my own I used to fear the feel of hands on my skin And lying naked…

Retrospectively Thinking About Perfectionism

I once was told we are born pure And the Devil is on a mission Trying to trip our every step Manipulating inhibitions This ingrained a fear of mistakes Though I want to make them all Bruise my body, scrape my knees I want to feel the fall SWD 06/2018

I am in the driver’s seat

I stopped arguing for a second Felt the silence in the car So thick I could breathe in and suffocate I wanted to slice through it with anger And rage And impulsiveness ADHD infects my rationality So in our moment of reticence I focused my attention on each inhalation of each breath The road disappearing…

Dear God

Dear God, Give me confidence and courage Give me harmony and hope Give me the strength to hold onto The knot I tied at the end of this rope That I made sure to secure tightly to whatever love I found And was sure came from You Not the temple’s written pedigree Before climbing through…

Rebel Child

My father always Wanted daughters, for they are “Easier to raise.” But I have always Been a rebel child to prove What chaos we make. SW 05/2018