Inner Voice

From the time I was twelve years old, I wanted to live in California. I would see pictures of the coast, the Golden Gate Bridge, the rolling hills of poppies. I knew I needed to be there. My mom would ask, “Why California?”, and to be honest—I didn’t even know. All I knew, […]

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Warm sticky skin on my chest

After a long battleShe sleepsShe wasn’t ready to end the dayLetting go is hardShe nursed but her body kept crawlingBum in the air connected to the mama milkShe pulls herself up, holding my hip with one hand and arches her back to let her head hang, mouth wide open with a smileShe’s impressedUsing […]

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Beyond Love

My mother passed away unexpectedly at the end of January 2020 due to medical complications that resulted in a car crash. My family was devastated. She was just about to retire early, already poured her entire savings into a home in North Carolina and couldn’t wait to go by herself. She loved her […]

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