New Pexels Account

I’ve created a new Pexels account: https://www.pexels.com/@sylvia-cognac-396771898/ Above: California poppies in bloom on the side of a hiking trail over the North Fork American River. The river and river canyon can be seen in the background. Searching stock photos for nature photography in Northern California made me feel like I needed to upload some of…

Bilingual Bones

My neighbors speak Farsi, so I assume they are from Iran. That, and the fact that the woman is always asking me, “Do you like Persian food?” Hell yes, I like Persian food. I LOVE Persian food. About ten years ago, I dated an Iranian immigrant, Farid. (This is not his real name. I just…

Dizzy

It seems that my ex who I had a restraining order against for five years has been working across the street from the college where I’ve been taking a yoga class for the past couple of months. (Last time I had checked, he had been living out of town.) I found out because he got…

Favorite Fusion Foods

The theme for 5 Things Tuesday by Dr. Tanya at Salted Caramel is Fusion Foods. Here are (more than) five of my favorites. (Don’t worry, I don’t eat like this all the time.) Mongolian BBQ: Actually invented by a Chinese immigrant living in Taiwan, Mongolian BBQ is neither Mongolian, nor BBQ. Rather, it’s a combination…

Down to Stay

Hard to getChase me downDown on my luckDowntown rooftop barBar and small bitesBar set highHigh on 6th floorHigh like you and II feel so prettyI order a lemon dropDrop some acidDrop some money Money for pork bellyMoney for valetValet for $20Valet saves my feetFeet in red suedeFeet in high heelsHeels click quicklyHeels stopStop suddenlyStop for…

Real Horror Cadralor

1.* Crack*Can clicks openEnergy drink downedAt 3am, like chamomileCaffeine puts her to sleep, finally 2.“Like this?”Fresh from surgeryA heavily bruised trans womanAsks for help fitting gently used brasFrom the free clothing closet for survivors 3.Bang! Goes the gavelAs the birth-motherLoses primary custodyOf the children she raised, alone 4.“Run!”Screams the veteranAfter a nearby engineMakes an explosive…

Castle Peak

Under a tree when suddenlyNuts fall on me–Mad chickaree! I didn’t mean to be a threatCame here to sweatRat, do not fret! But there’s no food; what can I do?Yum, something new–Rodent stew! Just to be clear, I don’t actually eat squirrels 😉 Written for W3 Prompt #24: Wea’ve Written Weekly Form: Minute Poem

Coping Tools

Black Ops SamSpots stranger dangerOn our walkThrough the woods“Good thing you’re with a killer.“Does he mean I’m safe? He explains“It’s PTSD,Military,Not insane.“I pick up both of his hands“Hey, I have that, too.“ Netflix, chill“Do you wanna fuck?Come on, babe…We’re adults…“Flashbacks. I’m terrified. He’sExhilarated Inhale bliss“Another hit, hon?”CannabisInstant peace“Ain’t nothing some herb can’t fix.“Analgesic lungs Form:…

First Emmett

Nesting Area National Geographic photographers found eaglesGeographic predators with cliff-side nests built highPhotographers struggled to focus cameras against skyFound near the eagles were scores of seagulls Eagles didn’t seem to notice the nuisance nearby Emmett poem written for Murisopsis’ My Name Poetry Scavenger Hunt. I think this was the hardest form I’ve tried so far!…

The Anna

Trees Turned us intoAncient damaged redwoodsSet us aflame during a droughtFire resistance aged our youthful faces My love for him still evergreenAlthough he cut us downThe fall brings peace The Anna was a bit of a challenge to write 🙂 Post written for Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge-Trees and My Name Poetry Scavenger Hunt All photos…