after midnight

let the leftovers rot. let the last candle burn. let the clocks think whatever they want. this is the night,…

i picture you

i picture you leaving your coat on the hood. wallet and keys. the crisp envelope.  we all know what it’s…

not anyone who says

not anyone who says, “i’m going to be careful and smart in matters of love,” who says, “i’m going to…

emblaze academy

There are currently 6,650 students on charter school waitlists in the South Bronx, a community in which fewer than one…

at the letting go

if you were wise enough to know that this life would consist mostly of letting go of things you wanted,…

kisses placed

there were a series of closing kisses, goodbye kisses, kisses placed like lids on boxes— then the lid would pop…

you will eat

you will eat, you will laugh at stupid things, you will stay up all night just to see what it…

calcifying my shame

  i wanted to skim over that night, calcifying my shame into something blurry and manageable, like a rumor about…

let us all unite

i’m sorry, but i don’t want to be an emperor. that’s not my business. i don’t want to rule or…

compassion asks

compassion asks us to look into our own hearts, discover what gives us pain, » and then refuse « under any circumstance…

slow pressing

[[song lyrics to no song]] slow, slow pressing on the mouth kiss me on the legs pour into me hold me,…

roses

everyone now and again wonders about those questions that have no ready answers: first cause, god’s existence, what happens when…

said and done

there was so much to be said and nothing to be done but nothing was said and too much was…

moments

there are moments that cry out to be fulfilled. like, telling someone you love them. or giving your money away,…