Could use some rain, and I
don’t mean rain. I mean
hope and a chunk a’money.
Not Salvation Mountain, per se, but a
miracle nonetheless.
And not some tumbleweed
shack, either, but a real thing with a

thing. And a thing.
And a job.
And enough, you know?
Not too far, but
far enough / to be
…far enough
And then a little time, how’bout?

—to sit and think and
maybe even say—Imagine:
“I made it.”
“We made it.”
“We did!”
we made it.”



Noisiest damn night ever. Another
horn honk. What the fuck is wrong
with these people? Damn redneck
warehouse workers in their hatchbacks
and Cadillacs with rolled odometers.
I’m becoming
a caricature of something.
Noting how we’ve glamorized
“Americana” way beyond its
present reality.
That shit’s only art from a distance
anymore—-factoring time, geography,
and daylight savings.



Her adult daughters tug at her seams,
each in a different direction, each in a
different way; pulling, taking, leaving

less of her each time. Self-absorbed,
they do not see nor care to understand
that she, too, could use a thread

of genuine communication, care, and
concern. An invite. A blessing. An ear.
A nice surprise for once. Something

other than a tattle, panic, “need,” or
veiled manipulation, when SHE
quietly wrote the book on Making-Do

three lifetimes ago.


Written for a friend…

“Not all toxic people are cruel and uncaring. Some of them love us dearly. Many of them have good intentions. Most are toxic to our being simply because their needs and way of existing in our world force us to compromise ourselves and our happiness. They aren’t inherently bad people, but they aren’t the right people for us. And, as hard as it is, we have to let them go. Life is hard enough without people who bring you down and, as much as you care, you can’t destroy yourself for the sake of someone else. You have to make your well-being a priority. Whether that means breaking up with someone you care about, loving a family member from a distance, letting go of a friend, or removing yourself from a situation that feels painful,—you have every right to leave and create a safer space for yourself.”

—Daniel Koepke