left/right/center


.When we pick the middle way, it is the easy way sometimes, the compromise, the quiet consolation prize.

This is no time for sitting back inactive and waiting for other people to do what in our hearts will bring us light.

This is a time when what’s left is right.

This was written for Tri-Writing with Maya Stein, 3 lines for 21 days. The prompt for today was: left/right/center: choose one. I didn’t.

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Perfectly Fine

Things start out so well,
blue skies, kites flying, we are
so perfectly fine.

Then your mouth opens
and you don’t kiss me but speak
and I crash and burn.

It takes only few
words to turn a joyful day
into a ruin.

This was written for Tri-Writing with Maya Stein, 3 lines for 21 daysToday’s prompt was: Upside down.

What I do for us

I imagine us one day sitting on a covered porch drinking iced teas because we’re too old for beers, watching the world pass by, most of our lives behind us.

But now we’re just at the starting line, I’m crouched and ready to pounce into a new life with you and you are keeping me baited and waiting.

While you’re holding on to the past, I’m holding on with the tips of my fingers and by the skin of my teeth and with every ounce of hope in my heart, praying that it won’t fall apart.


This was written for Tri-Writing with Maya Stein, 3 lines for 21 days. The prompt today was: “In 3 lines, write about something you’re trying to arrange (or rearrange).”

The view from here

The light shines on the cobwebs in the corner of my room and my body feels so still and secure in this place I worry I’ll grow real roots here, be tied to my bed and unable to move or grow or change.

There is a whole world outside my window and everything I am missing is flipping its middle finger in my face while I wile away the hours writing and feel like I’m running in place, out of breath and getting nowhere.

I linger so long on my first third line that my bones creak and settle as I sink deeper into the mattress and tell myself ‘you can’t do this’ as I always do, even when my fingers are moving to form the words.


This was written for Tri-Writing with Maya Stein, 3 lines for 21 days.