Monthly Archives: May 2014

It is so tempting, sometimes, to try to wind you like a bandage around what hurts inside me. it is hard to resist dragging you–or trying–into my tailspins. I find myself reaching for you when I fear there’s nothing left … Continue reading

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mothers day thoughts

I come from powerful women: my loud, truth-speaking Mama whose vision cuts through artifice, who sees what Is and tolerates no beating around the bush. Mama who sticks with every conversation and argument until the snags between us are worked … Continue reading

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a quiet line

Someone in my social network recently brushed against death.  I read news of her recovery with relief and bitterness.  I thought, how close we came to each other, our two families.  Huddled on either side of a quiet line. I … Continue reading

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Turning Two

I’ve had one birthday in my life without Talia. It was my first. Even then, she grew in my mother’s uterus. My life, I feel, has always been tied in hers, the ropes of us curling around each other from … Continue reading

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hairs

I thought I’d wear the sweater Papa gave you, the red UBC, but when I pulled it from the drawer, your hairs were threaded along its back. I folded it and put it back. Those hairs have become precious. This … Continue reading

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Will there be a succinct version, I wonder? Months from now, will I have the story down to an art, won’t have to orate for minutes, give all the context? My sister asphyxiated, I’ll say. She died of respiratory distress … Continue reading

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