SCARLET: A Literary Blog

All I’d ever wanted to feel is whole. Fully inside myself. But I was always pulled apart, a half step behind myself. The morning I had to do prayer turned out like this too. I held my hands out, tensing and relaxing my fists over and over so I could feel my arms, so I […]

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Isabel sat down in her favorite chair, its back leg all wobbly. A bit of coffee spilled. She sipped off the saucer and sat super still, engrossed in The Guiding Light. Today she’d find out who is the father of Kathy’s baby. When her daughters’ voices drifted out of their bedroom and down the hall, […]

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  We are both reservoirs Mom delivers the bad news like she’s asking a question. Grief is a man in bed. Kids standing on a roof looking down. Going outside without my keys or my money or my jacket. A little hill north of town I’ve never noticed before. We are both reservoirs, flooding the […]

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