Saturday, November 21, 2015

this is the 27th time i've written about you

i met you in april
and you forgot about me by november.

yesterday new hands scrolled through my pictures and they landed on one from my last day with you

a hundred memories pressed themselves against the edge of my mouth but i swallowed them back without even missing a beat.

i wanted to say something pretty about the security that used to come from familiar lips 
but the truth is i just didn’t know how

and i think that story is tired of being told.

some days the world just sits heavier than others and
some days the words don’t come as easy as they used to

some days it hurts more than i was expecting.

and its not that i don’t miss you anymore,
because i do

its just

i’ve run out of words for you.

i’ve smeared your name across too many pages trying my hardest to unlove you,
meanwhile you’ve occupied yourself with leaning in first for everyone but me. 

i guess we all have different ways of trying to forget.

and it’s not that i wasn’t expecting it,
because i was

it’s just

i’ve run out of words for you

and august didn’t last quite as long as i would’ve hoped.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

of college and umbrellas and other things

i’ve got a really good view from my small dorm room window.

i always knew it was good, but i’ve never really appreciated it until tonight, because the clouds are so thick i can’t see anything past provo,

and normally i can see all the way to the mountain my house sits on.

tonight i can’t see suncrest.
but i can imagine exactly where my mom is knitting and where my dad is journaling and how HGTV is playing just to drown out the silence, but no one's actually watching it.

yesterday they hosted an ‘empty nesters party’ at our house with all their old people friends, and last week my mom posted a collage of all her kids on instagram. she spelled empty nesters wrong in her caption so i had to call her and teach her how to fix it. 

today she texted me, and somehow, even though i can’t see her, she’s still taking care of me.

i wasn't going to, but i took the umbrella like she told me to, and it started pouring the minute i walked outside.

i’m sitting on my bed wearing the same t-shirt i always wear, with a big purple W in the middle. my roommates always stare at it like it’s poison, just like they do with anything that’s not blue or Y. 

but i don’t want to take it off. because 900 miles from my little home in provo is the green eyed girl i grew up with. she’s making new memories with new people in a new place i’ve never been. but i hear Washington’s green, and i hear it rains a lot. 

tonight it’s raining in provo. the grass is a brighter shade of green and even though my socks are soaked, i’ve been smiling all day. because today felt a little bit like Washington. 

it felt like Washington, and it had me thinking about the green eyed girl i still talk to. 
we still talk and i still miss her and nothing’s really changed, 
except that everything is different.

when we talk, we talk about her life and my life and his life, and how it’s no longer our life and that’s a little bit sad. we talk about how we miss our moms, and boys with good socks and good shoes.

it’s turned into a lot more of catching up than just enjoying each other’s company and it’s sad, but i guess that’s just what happens when you grow up.

i've got a good view from my dorm room window. 

i can't see suncrest, but i can see the rain.

it feels like Washington and growing up and poetry and college,

and not missing high school.

and i’ve been waiting a long time for that.

Sunday, May 17, 2015


i hate the number 11.

and if you really knew me, 

you'd know why.

i refuse to make wishes at 11:11 

but today, there are 11 days left until graduation

so tonight at 11:11, i wished for more than 11 days  

Sunday, April 19, 2015

even after all these years

i remember first grade tea parties and second grade art classes

i remember school getting cancelled for one inch of snow on the ground in 3rd grade because i lived in Virginia

i remember in 4th grade we dropped my sister off in a different state for college and i wondered if i would ever see her again

in fifth grade a girl at the bus stop told me i had ugly teeth and a big nose and now that’s all i see when i look in a mirror

sixth grade was orthodontist appointments and seventh grade was figuring out how to open a locker

i remember being too old to trick or treat in 8th grade, but too young to drive to a halloween party

i remember toms and colored jeans in ninth grade

in tenth grade all my friends had blonde hair so i begged my mom to let me dye mine, and i remember crying in the car on the way home from the salon because i hated it so much

i remember hating junior prom and not getting asked to homecoming at the beginning of senior year

i remember wishing it would all be over

and now it is

Saturday, March 21, 2015

1:29 AM & it still hurts

it’s been four months since that monday
four months since that monday

and i’ve never been a fan of mondays.

but the tears rolling down my face every night make it hard to believe
that it’s been four months since i’ve heard you say my name

it’s still hard to believe that it’s been four months 
because my heart still hurts like it was yesterday
and my hand still feels empty without yours in it.

and every monday 
i still wonder if curfew is the only thing that pulls her away from you each night,
i still wonder if you grab her waist and pull her back one last time
just like you used to when curfew made me leave.

it still hurts like it was yesterday
but i’ll keep telling everyone i’m over you.

i think i forgot the sound of your voice and that hurts more than anything
i keep looking over my shoulder 
because maybe if i turn around enough times 

you’ll be standing there

it will be november again
and i won’t be wondering about her

it will be november
and you’ll grab my hand
like yours was made to fit

because it was.

i’m over you.
i’m over you.

i hope they believe me and i hope someday monday doesn’t hurt so bad

i’m over you

and maybe someday i’ll believe it myself.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

this isn't about graduation

taxes are due on april 15
resolutions begin on january 1
presents are opened on december 25
candy is passed out on october 31
everything’s green on march 17
fireworks and freedom on july 4
love on february 14

caps and gowns and diplomas on may 28.
it’s marked on my calendar just like any normal holiday
as if it’s something to celebrate

but this isn’t about graduation.

we’ve been here for three years 
but have any of us ever stopped to read the quotes on the walls?
hallways that sound like headaches
and classrooms too crowded to be anything short of lonely

but this isn’t about high school.

my mom still does my laundry,
and i couldn’t tell you the first thing about cooking
or ironing

but this isn’t about graduation or anything that might come after.

i remember when the only people who laid down on train tracks were cartoons
and the word “suicide” didn’t make me cringe.
i remember when summer meant sidewalk chalk and sprinklers under trampolines
and the word “college” didn’t make my hands sweat.
i remember when the future was still twelve grades away 
and the word “senior” was irrelevant.

but this isn’t about kindergarten.
and it’s not about graduation.

this is about may 28 and the 81 days standing between here and there
this is about the 81 days.

this is about 81 days and the fact that my ears can’t hear anything past the 2:15 bell
and my nose can only smell bittersweet.
this is about 81 days and i never thought i’d be the one chanting ‘senior year’ at the last black light dance.

but here i am
and here we are.
81 days.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

to do

lets order an unnecessary amount of take out from the Thai place on main street and play in the snow without gloves or shoes
lets go on a drive up the canyon without taking a single picture and make memories that only we know about
lets go to prom wearing our moms’ old dresses and dance like no one is watching (because they arent)
lets talk about how much it hurt when he walked away with your heart in his hand and how he didn’t even look back as he tossed it carelessly over his shoulder 
lets get so caught up in the moment that we can’t remember what day it is
lets blast music and scream the wrong lyrics and dance with our hands out the rolled down windows and lets pretend that it’s not below freezing outside
lets fall in love with strangers and everyone else
lets break the rules no one ever bothered to write down
lets cry until there’s no salt left in our bodies and lets laugh until it becomes the only thing we know how to do

l e t s   e v e r y t h i n g

because there’s still so much to do
but time’s running out
and i am too