Joy

All the straight and crooked lines blend together with different colors. A blue canyon, a pink sun, and a red moon. A smile on someone else's face that's contagious because her nose is wrinkled and her eyes squeeze shut so tightly that little tear droplets leak out the corners. Laughter bubbles up in the throat …

Sadness

I close my eyes, and my insides tremble. They're on the verge of falling apart and swirling around inside of me into a liquified mess of blood, bones, confusion, disbelief, startlement, fear, hopelessness, and uncried tears. I want to think of music, but all that comes to mind is poetry about death, sang in notes …

The Definition of Elegance

"They are exquisite individuals. Quite rare. There's something about them that I can't quite lay my hand on. Mannered and tame yet every bit as chaotic. Sir, what would you call that?" "That, we call elegance." Photo: Haylee Barsky

Daydream

I like to imagine. I like to think about what could be and all the possibilities of what I’d like for us to do. I like to imagine that your personality would fit perfect with mine, that you’d be gorgeous, out of my league, but you’d love my flaws anyway. I like to think that …

Death

I didn’t like looking at things like that. I like the way they’re explained, but not the presentation. Not the actual, tangible presentation that you can see. Maybe that man was saved. Maybe he looked up thinking, Lord, I commend my soul into your hands. Maybe all those unjust scoundrels were lost just thinking that …