Category: Swallowtail

Mercury is retrograde and didn’t buy you a pre…

Mercury is retrograde and didn’t buy you a present. The planets didn’t think you’d make it.

A cage of gentle hands is still a cage, and I …

A cage of gentle hands is still a cage, and I know this now.

I’m trying to be better about forgiveness. &am…

I’m trying to be better about forgiveness. & this, too, is a slow and painful unpacking, the shedding of so many unneeded shells.

Peach pits are poisonous. This is not a mistak…

Peach pits are poisonous. This is not a mistake. Girlhood is growing fruit
around cyanide. It will never be yours for the swallowing.

Trauma sends you letters, without warning, for…

Trauma sends you letters, without warning, for the rest of your life, usually disguised as something else.

I get it. I know you are tired of hearing rape…

I get it. I know you are tired of hearing rape poems. I am tired of hearing rape poems, the same way soldiers are tired of hearing their own guns go off.

I called his mouth an orchestra. When he smoke…

I called his mouth an orchestra. When he smoked, I swear, he was a whole ballet.

Did you know sand dollars grow heavier skeleto…

Did you know sand dollars grow heavier skeletons in rough water?

I did not bury the hatchet. I have the hatchet…

I did not bury the hatchet. I have the hatchet in my hands. I am building myself a new house.

You love me like the family walking through Ho…

You love me like the family walking through Horror-Land holding hands. You are not stupid, or careless, or even brave, you’ve just never seen the close up of a haunting.