A poem for my friend, Dave   Work of the Lord And the floor falls out from beneath you like you’ve been skating on ice, only you didn’t see the cracks. Fissures run from the crystalline, in between the pause of your breath. You don’t know the words but it may be that your […]

I feel everything. I feel everything like it is physically touching my soul. It is the experience when the sunset makes you want to cry, every single time. Where the laugh of a child feels like the hand of God on your back. The grass on your bare feet is a million sensations in each […]

I couldn’t sleep tonight, and somehow or other I came across this poem I wrote three Decembers ago. It is funny how sometimes my own words can be an important reminder to me—I was appreciating the perspective of the poem anyway. In the moment, it’s a truth I am finding hard to swallow.   Little […]

      Perhaps you find joy in the way you find sunshine through branches of trees, softly, little bits at a time. And though you are a flower growing, constant light will burn your skin. So, you settle in rhythms of night and day, sun and shade. You thank the sky at dusk and […]

And so you find the point in the mundane. The aimless wanderings find roots, wrap around each other in unseen places. You can’t dig through the dirt for evidence without the risk of cutting through the tendrils. You move on trust, shake hands, smile at strangers, sip coffee with people you didn’t think would say […]

Hi, my name is Elyse, and I am an alcoholic. Today I have five years sober, and my drinking days are starting to feel further and further away. Almost surreal in a way. Was there really a time when I drank secretly at night until I passed out? That seems like an entirely different person. […]

Joy is confusing. What is the difference between joy and happiness? How do we “find” joy in situations? Is joy akin to love, in that it is often less an experience and more of a choice? I have contemplated and discussed this many times over the years. In fact, this morning at 5am, after dropping […]