Staying Safe

Kiss your partner before you open the door. Make sure the blinds are closed. Once you step into the harsh outside world, don’t show affection and don’t look back. Walk. Fast. With your keys poised between your fingers, like your life depends on it. When you get home, lock the door. Check out the window …

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A Letter to My Body

I used to hate my body. Some days I still do, but I’m learning to love it and treat it kindly, which might be more realistic achievable.   to my tummy I am sorry I have starved you of nutrients, sweets, fear foods. I am sorry I have wished you smaller. I am thankful you …

Rainbow Church

I wrote this during Spring Break of sophomore year of college. My roommates had all gone back home, I was holed up in my little apartment amongst the blizzard-ridden Blue Ridge Mountains, and I was desperately searching for a faith community that would accept and comfort me among the secret I was hiding. I needed …

Present

The pungent, burning aroma seeps into your skin. The families, lovers, and soon-to-be friends chat over small, rickety tables. The students pour through outdated textbooks, the businessmen conduct phone calls over the machine's clunks, the book club rearranges tables to take up the main floor. The bees buzz in through one door and out the …

My Dream Deferred

I am sitting in this cozy coffee shop in a little mountain town nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I am surrounded by sweet strangers enjoying their Saturday afternoons with loved ones, studying, and catching up with old friends. The chilly winter weather is punctuated by the sun’s rare appearance for this …

Temporary / Eternal

He says: “You are redeemed, I have called you my own. You have been set free, You are forever known.” I have no reason to live in fear or stress. This world is temporary, this life is fleeting. None of this is permanent. This world does not hold my soul. My God already fought the …

Adoration

I am mere mortal. And, although I cannot say things that haven’t been said before, to my dying days, with all my might, I will sing and knock on Heaven’s door. ——— I find You in the mountains on the tip of the highest peak and in the valleys below beside the brisk-rushing creek. I …