I kill plants. I don’t intend to, but they just don’t demand enough of my attention to actually care for them. I realize that sounds awful. And I’m unapologetic about it. I forget to water them; I over water them. I don’t give them plant food. I don’t move them with the seasonal light. I … Read more
“All right, class. I think you’ll find this next example very interesting.” Master Phenna waved the next planet into the projection. “This is Earth. It really is quite unusual.” Several of us shifted in our seats; this lecture was dragging a bit and I just don’t have the appetite for ancient civilizations. But next to … Read more
I leaned back, my forearms resting on the lumpy picnic table as Josie peeled an orange, liberating its bright fragrance from the rind with her dirty fingernails. “Your parents are really making you move, huh?” I squinted across the park to her house with its “Sold” sign screaming in the lawn. “Yeah.” She pried apart … Read more
You smile expectantly at me, but the silence is as awkward as a blindfolded giraffe figure skating. “Uh… wow…” I stammer. “Thanks?” I don’t really know what to say because what you’ve told me makes me uncomfortable, like an itchy tag in a shirt or when you have to sit in a child-sized chair for … Read more
A sumptuously thick chenille scarf of silence wraps my head as the light fades and night settles on the mountain. The blanketing snow will come soon, shrinking my simple world. I welcome the stillness one glowing candle at a time.