i said goodbye
but I can’t stay away
how can i
you’re the home in
i learned to love
your walls heard my tears
your hallways saw my antics
your door always greeted me
parents absent friends influenced
my dresses, writing, laugh never wavered
when it’s quiet and the summer heat thick
i’ll come visit
you deserve to be loved too.


Juice Rani*

*rani means queen in Hindi


shots i expect to be bitter
a tall liquid concoction
made primarily of coconut and pineapple
i couldn’t wait to taste the nectar
but it was marred by the rum
though legal and ready to mingle
with alcoholic beverages
i realized i could do without
the added ingredient
rush of sugar is much preferred
over intoxication