enough just to see
the sunrise


parting word…
sunset unfurls
over an empty yard


into myself
ocean wave


Akitsu Quarterly – Fall 2019

Leftover Ribbon Now Available


It’s finally here! My first chapbook, Leftover Ribbon, is now available for purchase.

These poems tell my story of becoming and being a mother with the moments of beauty and sorrow it has brought, from birth trauma to bipolar disorder to potty training and sex after kids. It took a year and half for this book to see the light of day and I am ever grateful to Velvet Dusk Publishing for making it a reality. I hope you check it out and enjoy!


his hand…


his hand where
my husband’s should be
office visit


pap smear
if only 
I was a boy


birth control denied


domestic abuse
taking the hit
like a girl


preacher’s wife
no choice
but to be a mother


#FemkuMag Issue 13


Under the Covers


Under the Covers


you say we aren’t like
those other christians


one of the girls
purity ring


if not me
then someone else
pastor’s erection


the weight of his hand
as he pushes me down
Alpha and Omega


end times
all I need
to say yes



a stumbling block
for the pastor’s wife
my strapless dress


women’s retreat
not looking away
as we undress


hidden bruises
only my mouth needed
for the Eucharist


getting what
I deserve
cervical cancer


call for salvation
I raise my hand again
and again


Bleached Butterfly – Issue One

morning glories…


the child
we didn’t plan – 
morning glories


spring equinox
too pregnant to sit
too pregnant to stand


green again
her pigtails
become the sky


Akitsu Quarterly – Summer 2019





As our children are off running around the indoor playground we have sought refuge in, I disclose to my friend that I have never gardened before. With our new house and spring approaching I ask for some tips on what to do about all the empty beds in our backyard. After an appraising look she replies, “Don’t buy anything you can easily kill.”


couples counseling
we circle back
to the beginning

Human/Kind Journal Issue 1.5

at first sight


at first sight


the love
I could never have


every sin
first date


engagement photos
only our feet


wedding night
I pretend
he’s my first


I perfect


finally winning
God’s approval
first pregnancy


pastor’s wife
my first name


our daughter’s smile
you tell me
you never believed


new haircut
my fundamentalism


all that’s left
the rings
we no longer wear


#FemkuMag Issue 11


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