A Fight for Good Health

“Round three,” the ring master shouts into the microphone, as a woman, who looks a lot like me, confidently walks in a circle carrying the number 3 sign. I tilt my head up enough to see the number with one eye open, feel the sugar slowly paralyze my brain, spinning me into the catatonic state…

Exposed

She was lured too far to the edge, lunging out into light from the darkness she had been quarantined in. Step by step she closed the gap between destination and desire, thumping her cane along her side. Just beyond the curve, steps from the rail, slowly she sank into her chair. Instantly, she relaxed under…

Kleenex

Threw you away once, now to do it again. My hand reaches for the furthest clean fiber edge, lifting the weightless, ridden with a trace of yesterday’s colorful sinus gunk and flinging it like a hot potato into the basket; where it should have landed the first time.    

The Dentist

Raised higher, I am levitated, eye level with stainless steel that will soon be holding my tongue back and poking around bone and flesh, tugging at crown and filling. But before the fun starts, my body is compressed under the weight of radiation protection, while x-ray vision reveals the strength of roots deep within the…

Plugged

Your lips are moving, a question perhaps, but all is silent in my ears. Lending my other ear, you speak again, still no sound. You motion what you need, hesitate and wait until the seatbelt sign has turned off. I motion back to you when I hear the ding, which you thankfully retreat, losing yourself…

Five

“Tell me… tell me about…that.” I image a million people have said to themselves, when they saw a noticeable scar I’ve worn for years and often forget it exists. Once upon a time, there was a little five year old me, who lived under the sweet smell of honeysuckle, in a land of heavy humidity. A place…

The Baby Maker

Someday I wish to say, with my future husband, “Yay, she works! We’re pregnant!!” But, right now, I don’t like her.

Water

Swallowed by silk from the top down
, where water enfolds and trickles. The longer I stay under its warmth, I forget where I am and all the days that I’ve been overworked puddles to my feet and d o w n the drain.

Walk, Run, Hobble

When I think of the word marathon, I am reminded of the one time I walked one with thousands of other people in Hawaii, over fifteen years ago. There were moments of excitement, of dread, of pain. It was completely physical, well, most of it. Mentally I needed to be prepared too. It isn’t too…

This is the Day

A blistery arctic blast was set to invaded my part of Michigan. So, as to get some exercise in before it hit, for two days, I let me feet take me to the beach, stopping every so often to take a picture with my phone, and allow the chill of winter to crawl up my…

Emotional Health and the Need to Surrender

I listened to a sermon this morning that focused on emotional health and was blown away by the realization of how much baggage I allow myself to carry from my past. As the pastor spoke of his own testimony and examples, I mentally dug into my past and realized the underlining of why I do…