What is Love?

My mom found this photo of me and my dad taken by a Houston Chronicle photographer. It was on sale on Amazon as a historical document, so of course I had to buy it. I was 1 year old in this photo and my dad was 38. It was before our personalities got in the way of our relationship. I …

Gratitude

I used to think that all this talk of gratitude and doing journals and finding gratitude EVERY DAY was…too much. I mean how happy can you really be? How grateful can you actually get? So I tried the daily journal, and I fell off the wagon. I tried to do it when people talked about it. I listened to radio …

What You Want is on the Other Side of Fear

Fear blocks us. Fear pulls you down. Fear brings Darkness. Then when you’ve found the bottom, a sparkle makes you look up. And you see there are stars in the sky. When I quit my job, all I knew was that quitting was the right thing to do. I didn’t have a plan. After quitting, I took month vacation for …

Poem for My Son in the Car

Poem for My Son in the Car Jennifer K. Sweeney The wipers sweep two overlapping hills on the glass, we are quiet against the squeaky metronome as we often are before the concerns of the day well up. Today: Is it dark inside my body? The wet cedar’s dark of green-gone-black of damp earth mending itself, a pewter bell rung …

I am Offering this Poem

by Jimmy Santiago Baca I am offering this poem to you, since I have nothing else to give. Keep it like a warm coat when winter comes to cover you, or like a pair of thick socks the cold cannot bite through,                          I love you, I have nothing else to give you, so it is a pot full of …

Self Love

What is self love? It’s caring for yourself. Treating yourself kindly and with respect and letting yourself make mistakes. Choosing forgiveness over self criticism and thankfulness over self pity. It’s funny and sad that I never understood what this meant until now. I thought that being selfless was good enough. In always helping others and putting them first I could cultivate love …

Sweet Child of Mine

As I walked out with Jody, Guns and Roses were playing our song and I reveled in the sounds. Jody and I parted and I paused to reflect on I’m not sure what. Maybe the feeling of love. Then I turned and left it all behind.

Never be like you

What I would do to take away this fear of being loved Allegiance to the pain Now I’m fucked up and I’m missing you Never be like you I would give anything to change this fickle-minded heart That loves fake shiny things Now I’m fucked up and I’m missing you Never be like you It was 3 years ago that I …