Who I Want To Be

  By satellite fully on page 3 of I Am Incomplete Without You. 

Be Shelter

Imagine that you can build a house out of words that can protect you from the rain.  What words do you use? Be Shelter Light Laugh Perfection Heavenly Wonder Shine Soar Trees Glorious Stars Sapphire Bright Family Beauty Sky Angelhair Moon Illuminate Bluebirds Forest Nature Freedom Life Love Hope Faith Protection Heart Lungs Sunshine Breath…

I meant to stay forever.

Write the note a falling leaf would leave behind.  I’m sorry to leave, truly I am. I meant to stay forever, to hang on this branch with my brothers and sisters and ex-lovers and friends until I shrivelled up and died.   I was not expecting this breeze to cut me off from everything I’ve ever…

(I never stopped.)

Imagine someone you know has sent you a text message at 1:00 a.m. that says, “Do you ever think of me?”  How do you respond?    I’ve spent so many afternoons curled up in bed, trying to figure out why I let you ruin all my favorite songs while I listen to yours. I looked…

The First Time He Taught Me How To Breathe

Write a poem in which the word “breathe” appears three times.    The first time, he taught me how to breathe.   The second, he took away my ability to breathe.   And the third time I’m teaching myself how to breathe again.   ___ By Madeleine Kirchhoff on page 13 of I Am Incomplete…

I Know Words Are Just Words

  What do you wrap barbed wire around?  What do you protect with all your might?  I so often entangle my words with barbed wire because I know words are just words, but someone once told me the pen is mightier than the sword and I’ve been too busy making sure my words hurt because…

One Of Those Days

Write on this page when you’re sad.   Every death triggers the pain I felt the day you left.   Today is one of those days.   I came home from my usual visits, after almost passing out from the heat of the sun, the warm sun under my feet. Which is the same sand…