Winter Garden – Christine E. Ray

in deep winter’s hush branches delicate, white finger bones slumber under frost sway gently against spiked leaves thin crisp as spun sugar my December garden sparkles softly in slivered moonlight as if brushed by snow queen’s bloodless kiss © 2021 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All Rights Reserved Photo by laura adai on Unsplash

Shoulds

i should brand myself a failure self-flagellate for failing to meet expectations of those who wear white coats shiny stethoscopes draped casually around necks I should let their stern eyes their nonverbal— but surprisingly loud— condemnation of my parenting echo through my mind but right now I am just too fatigued just too damn tired … Continue reading Shoulds