The Both/And

There are some weights I’ve carried silently across years, my skin and bone growing right around them tangled complicated. The heaviness buried. Still, I grew into my frame. I softened, curved found my way. I’ve made beautiful things. I can be both/and. But then, on a day still close, words spilled inky and echoed across […]

How to Light a Fire

It is said that fire is a triumvirate An “association of three.” Heat. Fuel. Oxygen. A trinity of dependence. // HEAT It is late summer. This is incessantly confirmed by the humming locusts and the heat made visible in the shimmering mirage at the end of the gravel. I am always fooled. My body, cloaked […]

On Aging and Beauty

The morning blooms pale and pink, warm and thick. I am suddenly older. I roll over. A small body has found his way to my sheets. I stare at the curve of his nose, the way his hair wants to bend, his dewy lips. I never expected middle age to feel so much like revolution […]

The Psalmist’s Voice

By Naomi Pattison-Williams | Twitter: @NaomiWilliams87 I have a fair-weather relationship with the Psalmist. Oh, we have long sung in unison, My lips accustomed to the rhythm of Dwelling in the house of the Lord forever; Being led to green pastures; Lifting my eyes to the mountains; and Finding refuge under the wings of the Almighty. But they […]

How Galaxies Are Born

That first contraction came as a whisper beckoning me from sleep. In places deep and hidden there had been a shift, a pulling of thread. And in my waking I began to unravel. Like the sea before a storm, I roiled. So many waves rose and swelled beneath my bosom. Everything in me gripping, mooring, […]