All That We Are

We are thin lines of orange that arc then bloom at the horizon and as birds warble and stars dim We rise We are clouds billowing above the silent water Expansive and mysterious At once hiding, then revealing We rise We are rock faces hardened then smoothed with age Our peaks honed by a hidden […]

How Much Can A Heart Really Hold?

I remember the first time I read it. I was in college and at a friend’s house. She and some other friends and I went to get something out of her room and covering the walnut brown door a poster said this: “Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.” […]

The Messages that Separate Us

There were six of us: Three single, without childen. Three married, with children. We sat spread out across our living room after the monthly editorial meeting. The sun was beaming through the wood blinds and we were curled up on the two couches and the chair-and-a-half in the corner. The meeting was over, but we lingered, not […]

I Become the Woman Whose Hair is on Fire

“You don’t need to fast,” she said. “Your prayers are enough.” But I did need to fast, because her situation sounded really bleak, and God was talking to my heart about it. Bev was traveling alone in Uganda when she injured her knee hurrying across a busy street. Swollen to nearly twice its size, the […]

There’s Something About Small Yeses

The other day I got a text a little before 7am. I was still in bed, reading and trying to swim up to the surface of consciousness. My first response was to ignore it. Then I was curious and the adult part of my brain remembered that sometimes people text early in the morning because […]