And I set my foot upon the air and it carried me. Und ich setzte meinen Fuß in die Luft und sie trug. – Hilde Domin May I continue to be carried, as I walk on… air, sunshine, fire… …especially once I reach the water.
I’ve spent my entire life in sisterhoods. Lucky me, right? It all started with my two younger sisters. The three of us share the same first part of our hyphenated Marienames, and so our names are a daily reminder for us that we are different individuals of one brand of personhood. Throughout our blissful childhood years, […]
I’ve been rereading a lot this summer. On the train, at the bus station, on our porch, in my Dad’s big arm chair, in bed, at my desk, on the kitchen counter, in the morning, in the sunshine, in the moonlight, at the sea, and in the sand, I’ve been rereading stories that have once moved […]
We spend these warm summer nights on our porch, my Mama, Dad, and I. With the half-moon and shooting stars above us, the nightly breeze around us, and the dim candle light between us, we exchange life stories. Our voices may be low and the words fleeting, but the messages will stay. Forever. Because they […]
— Start now. Forgive. Breathe. Smile. Start now. — Walk barefoot. Dance in the rain. Book the ticket. Or ride a tandem. Or both. Sing loudly. Even if wrongly. And make up the lyrics. Tell them. That whatever. Just tell them. Eat the cake. And the pizza. Smoke the joint. Cut your hair. Short. Finish […]
… Do you remember my first essay, the one with a few wannabeparagraphs, invented words, non-existent grammar rules, drawn out words that desperately sought to fill the white space with ink? Next to the second sentence and a somewhat deformed word—probably one of the newly created ones—you wrote “Yuck!” into the margins. I had to […]
This song brings them back to me, the summerthoughts. Every time. It was a good summer. A best.
Big, big drops fall on the hot earth, the thirsty earth on us, the lonely lovers from above, up above from that big blue firmament that breathes with us, every day in and out, always has, that holds us in the foreverembrace, takes our loved ones, gives new life. Big, big drops fall, and wash and […]
Like stranded whales, we roll on the floor, our sand, our beach, right here, inside, our bellies up, towards the sun our minds up there too, in the big wide blue no, more like kids, as we are free, free to get up, walk and talk, like the grownups do if we want, maybe tomorrow, right […]
An ode to and from my heart, even though words will never, never be enough. — My heart, my heart, my lovely heart, as you leap and leap again pumping hot red blood along, and joy, through my veins, my chest, my soul, let me hold you for a bit, just a bit, to tell […]
Mama and Dad, you will recognize this. ❤ — Just as a little, round rock is thrown into the cold water in the forest, the good, fruitful forest, you were once created on that chosen day by man and woman, through God. As the little rock falls and sinks deep down, into the black depth you, one […]
Swimmingly I wake in this sea of red, hot blood that is whirling pulsating deep above the firmament in the dark universe. As I am, I swim with eager strokes in the pulse, the pulse of youth, which sparkles brighter than the stars above my head, below my body and in its light, bright light, I […]