September Song

Summer’s over; autumn’s here; fire season’s over, and the heat wave has subsided. With the diminished risk of sunburn, I set out for a twelve mile hike around the lake– my first long hike of September, finally. Sacramento SunRaises pink and orange huesHappy hippy hike Strolling through the old olive grove, the phrase “gold country”…

Serendipity Trail

A Haibun for Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge Serendipity Trail isn’t the path that I originally intended to hike, but it’s turned out to be so much better than the one my guide book recommended. Luckily, my goal was to enjoy myself, no matter what. not to simply follow directions. Without whatever misstep…

Lessons From Nature Haibun

Supple Opal Surrounded by supple spring hens on the first day of school, I can’t help but wonder, am I not attractive anymore? Autumn Valley hikeBarren Yosemite FallsZero water drops I walk around campus, feeling like a ghost. A stunning twenty-something-year-old is hiding behind the art building, crying on the phone. “Why am I not…

Ephemeral

I wanna hold you again. Touch you, hug you, kiss you again. It’s all I can think about. You promised to love me a million different ways, on a million different days. How could you be so hot and cold with me? I never imagined we would fall apart so soon. River valley cliffSnow melt,…

First Kiss

People have warned me that jumping into something new isn’t the best idea immediately after ending something toxic. I know, but, this heartbreak is hard to handle on my own, and he’s treating me just right. It’s as if someone gave him an instruction manual on how to love me. We laugh and talk for…

Side

Out of all the girls and women I’ve been, this one might hurt the most- not because the most painful things are happening now, but because I am finally mature enough to grasp the weight and feel the sharpness of it all. I know he’s with someone else tonight. I don’t need confirmation anymore. My…

Taking Risks

Lately, I’ve been afraid that I’ll retract back into my hermit crab shell. I’ve been trying so hard to heal, reconnect with old friends, and make new connections, but I keep inadvertently chasing people away. Some of the things I’ve been through are so intense, it’s hard to know how much I can share with…