Week 27 – Book #2

Travel

Every night, we fantasize about going away

We dream about Key West, Sedona, San Diego, St. Simons

We look at hotels, motels and beeandbees

We check flights, we check ratings, we check our bank account

Every night, we talk about where we’d rather be

Where we’d drive, what we’d see

We travel in our discussions

We travel in our sleep

And rather than saying “fuck it”

We say “book it”.

Week 27 – Book #1

The Old Library

I swallowed hard.

It had been years since I was in a library

I’d forgotten the Dewey Decimal System, and couldn’t find the big cabinets full of cards

For crying out loud, I only wanted to find a book on 14th century Italian fashion –

How hard could this be?

I would have had better luck looking on Amazon, but Nooooooo… I had to make things difficult

BY GOING TO THE LIBRARY!

I better apply for my AARP card…

Week 26 – Cry #2

Waste

Empty bottles clutter my apartment

Empty pints, fifths, and liters

Hollow noises race through my intestines

Hollow eye sockets stare at the TV

Twitching fingers jab at the remote

Twitching nerves keep me awake

Carving letters into the baseboards

Carving designs in my skin

Lying in pools of sweat

Lying crying dying

Cry cry

Week 26 – Cry #1

The Mountain Story

Although it wasn’t a sad tale,

Or a story of someone being cheated,

It caused her to cry, reading of the upward battle,

And ultimate victory

Over the mountain.

Although she wasn’t overly weepy,

Nor was she mentally fragile,

Her emotions often got the best of her,

As it was here.

As it was now.

And though her friends laughed at her,

She felt alive,

And sought refuge in knowing that she was living her life to the fullest.

Week 25 – Thunder #2

Cabin Rain

Lightning slashed as the rain poured against the roof of our cabin in the woods.

We sat on the porch, breathing the smell of the rain deep into our lungs.

We would share a laugh, but mostly sat in silence, staring out into the forest, thinking of mostly nothing.

We lazily rocked and sippedĀ our Lynchburg lemonade,

While thunder echoed across the valleys.

Week 25 – Thunder #1

110 BPM

Inside my head, the world movedĀ in slow motion.

The glow of the stage, the heat of the bodies, the buzz of the crowd mesmerized me.

I felt dizzy and clear-headed at the same time.

My heart rate pumped at 110 beats per minute.

I moved my mouth, but no sound escaped – and that was fine with me. Fine with me. Fine with me.

Dump-pump-chucka, dump-pump-chucka, the sound, the thunder, the screaming sexy beat.

I was never so alive. I was never so warm. I was never so out of my head, yet completely under control.

The night lasted forever in a blink of an eye.

And I slept so deeply, and dreamed so hard while the thunder droned and the rain washed away the meaningless details that I’d never forget.

Week 24 – Saturday #2

Glory

I never truly sang until that Saturday.

Sitting in the Rynearson Auditorium in Nashville, listening to the gospel choirs sing their glory, I sat mesmerized.

All day long they sang, like angels dancing in the air.

My ankles grew tired from tapping my feet, and my hands were sore from clapping out the rhythm.

In my head, I heard the tunes, but was so afraid that my voice would betray the genius in my ears.

I felt a movement in my throat – strange but not uncomfortable.

It started vibrating up to my mouth, and when my lips parted, I screamed with wicked abandon.

The rollicking chorus had us up and dancing, and while I cried, my heart poured through song that came from my soul.

The release was outrageously overdue, and when we stepped outside into the warm, wilty night air, I was drenched with sweat and I felt powerful and strong.

Week 24 – Saturday #1

Spring Coffee

Nothing like the early morning sunrise

From behind a steamy cup of coffee

As I sit in the comfy chair on the screened in porch

I breathe in the cool misty air

And listen to the birds merrily chirp

I close my eyes to imprint this moment on my brain

And promise myself to meet here again

Next Saturday.