Les Papillons

Darling I’ll never stop admiring your strength We had to cry for you because you never did Dad was concerned by how you chose to cope Now you’re running careless as if you’ve never known pain My dear you’ve already encountered the worst of the caterpillars and now you can know butterflies   Adults have … More Les Papillons

Quiet

You know better than anyone I’m not myself when I’m quiet Sometimes I run but never out of words Though lately I’ve been at a loss for what to say Should I tell you about the man in the stained grey sweatshirt reaching into a Park Avenue trash can to sip from two lidded coffee … More Quiet

Health

Mom keeps asking what I’m eating Not what’s eating me Dad wants to know how my grades are Not how I am I run on protein, fruit, leafy greens, grains, nuts, coffee My body is strong but my sanity is slipping through the tear in my pocket I haven’t had time to fix I can’t sleep but … More Health

Therapy

Sacrificing sleep to fill my brain Can’t find shelter in my head I feel my intelligence is questioned when multiple choice is involved The only solace lies in the tip of my gold pen and the ink spilling a jumbled mess of English and French After too many words on too many pages, There’s not … More Therapy

Sibling Rivalry

**Originally written for my Nonfiction Writing class, The American Scene.**   Matt and Drew step out of the gray Volkswagen on Forbes Avenue. Matt still wears the dark jeans and brown leather belt he wore to work that day, with the canvas sneakers he always wears when traveling. “Do they have a table for us?” Matt … More Sibling Rivalry

Skin

I was having one of the best days of third grade. During reading hour, I had the privilege of sitting in the teacher’s rolling chair at the round table in the center of the room. Once in a while, the highly-coveted fabric-covered seat was offered up as a reward. Such a reward is always taken … More Skin

Nineteen

I love introverts. I am not one. Any guy I’ve been in a relationship with was always the type who wouldn’t reveal the inner workings of his mind to the mailman and the French professor and a classmate he met 20 minutes ago. And I admire that. I also equally admire people who are bold … More Nineteen