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Hindsight (mother)

I didn’t listen to her because she was my mother
& wouldn’t know anything until I was much older.

Hindsight (father)

I didn’t listen to him because he was my father
& wouldn’t know anything until I was much older.

Higher Math

We looked at the numbers on the blackboard
& after awhile I finally asked if they made sense to him
& he said no, I think they’re just there to keep the riffraff out.

High Tolerance

What are you good at? I said
& she said, Mainly life.
I work best with stuff
that has a high tolerance
for mistakes.

High Standards

I’ve got pretty high standards for someone who doesn’t have any use for them yet.

High Places

He carried a ladder almost everywhere he went
& after awhile people left all the high places to him.

High Heels

convinced the thing that separates us from the animals is high heels

Hide & Seek

I was never good at hide & seek because I’d always make enough noise so my friends would be sure to find me. I don’t have anyone to play those games with any more, but now & then I make enough noise just in case someone is still looking & hasn’t found me yet.

Hidden Twin

He was always a twin but he kept the other one hidden under his Stetson to protect her from the sun & the wind & the stares of startled people.

Hidden Ocean

She held her grief behind her eyes like an ocean & when she leaned forward into the day it spilled onto the floor & she wiped at it quickly with her foot & pretended no one had seen.

Her Laughter

The first time her laughter unfurled its wings in the wind, we knew that the world would never be the same.

Heaven II

She said you know what heaven is like? & I said I wasn’t sure & she laughed & said grown-ups didn’t know much at all about important stuff & I said I had to agree with her even though I was one of them myself.

Hearing Voices

I used to hear voices a lot, but then I read up on it & found out they don’t exist, so now I don’t listen to a word they say.

Heading South

They drove south one winter until they could stand outside with no coats on & we never saw them again.

Hawaiian Shirts

I have seen him in Hawaiian shirts, she said, so there is nothing hidden between us

Hate to Mow

He told me once that he never planned to settle down. It’s not that I’m afraid of commitment, he said, I just hate to mow.

Hard to Impress

hard to impress because she’s already seen the sun rise today & it doesn’t get much better than that

Hard to Forget

I was waiting for such a long time, she said. I thought you forgot. It’s hard to forget, I said, when there is such an empty space when you are gone.

Hard Work

Why is peace so hard? she said & I said peace is easy. Keeping our mouths shut is hard.

Hard Choice

I don’t really like coffee, she said, but I don’t really like it when my head hits my desk when I fall asleep either.