12 (The Beginning)


“I was drafted into the war when I was 18. You never think you’re young when you’re that age, but to give you a real idea: I’d never kissed a girl. The only weapon I’d touched was a sling shot. On the weekends, I went out to the woods to hand roll cigarettes with my two best friends, but we couldn’t even smoke a whole one. Instead, we’d pass it around like a joint so that we didn’t have to inhale as much.”

John’s voice is officially my bedtime story. I curl myself up, turn off the JitterBug and start one chapter in my book before I hear him.

“18 years is young for anyone.”  When I was 18, I was too busy hiding my first pregnancy behind baggy dresses to think about anything other than my future. It’s funny how you can’t see the past before the future’s behind…

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Sin Tu Amor (Without Your Love)

The Lonely Author


 Sin Tu Amor  (Without Your Love)


Sin tu amor
Your tattooed memories remain
Flickering inside my blazing heart
Along with the poetry you engraved

Sin tu amor
Slow lava tears scorch my ducts
As your words drip down my cheeks
Since you are not here with me

Sin tu amor
Smoldering emotions consume me
With a fire that will never douse
For our love will burn eternally


Yes, unfortunately, it is over.  I am eternally grateful for my time with N.  She is a remarkable, talented, loving woman.  And I dare say, for a brief time, I was loved in a way no man has ever been loved.

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