How are you really?

We get asked "How are you?" thousands of times in our lives. How many times have you answered the question? I mean *really* answered the question. Not with a "good," or "fine" but with an actual expression of what you were feeling in that moment. How many times have you done that? I generally answered... Continue Reading →

When the Light Goes Out

“Due to a person struck by a train at 72nd Street, the following trains are in effect…” I have my headphones on at full blast and yet those words are still able to pierce through the music. All of the muscles in my body immediately tighten. I pause my music, but keep my earbuds in.... Continue Reading →

She Waits

Her patience an endearing quality, I don’t know that I deserve. My body eats my thoughts til I become blind to my own worth. She waits; While I bash my body into the mirror that feeds me lies. I fuel myself off the images given to me from the reflection, Studying the contours Of my... Continue Reading →

13 Reasons Why: My Late Triggering Critique

  CW: Subjects concerning rape, suicide, and mental illness On March 31, 2017, Netflix released the first season of a TV show called "13 Reasons Why", based on the Young Adult novel of the same name. It quickly gained popularity, and I regularly saw “Welcome To Your Tape” memes all over Facebook and Instagram, as... Continue Reading →

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Awaiting the 2:34 time in the music, tense, breathing deep, hiding in the side curtain, careful not to reveal myself to the audience until it’s time.   Chattering, voices heard, hands at the ready, accepting your admission ticket. Escorted to your seat, anxiously awaiting the silence of voices and the rise of the orchestra, the... Continue Reading →

Dear Mother on the trolley

If I were a tribal woman I would turn around and spit on the ground in front of you. Too harsh? Ok, if I were more than a meek young queer, I would have turned around and said, "Is your daughter just her body?" The answer is NO but I'm afraid of what you might have... Continue Reading →

*For the sake of protecting identities, and the fact I still live in fear of her presence, her name in my story will be Jesse. A few years back, Jesse and I met online on OKCupid. I had used OKCupid ever since 2010, both as a haven for friends and for dating. We had very... Continue Reading →

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