Cicatrix Sitting lost again in rush hour traffic I like to pretend I’m someone who doesn’t check my email all the time and that I could tell you with certainty how all the downtown streets were named. In this way improvisational history is also the history of us, a confusion that only agreed to be with clarity if our kids could hold both our hands while skipping to the roller coaster. We’ve debated the exact half-life of stars above us, though no agreement has been reached. And she keeps reminding me we have many types of knives, each capable of making exactingly shallow cuts like the feeling we’re losing something and gaining it back all the same, the static between the buildings, an abandoned ivied train station where there’s no need for waiting anymore.
Reasons To Stay Thinking of No as the first word in a long and hard conversation, trying not to be the sort of epistolarian who can’t bother to spell out and, focusing on your lips in apocalyptic and yes clandestine somehow still reminds me of clementine and the sweet sticky juice we tried to distill on the sill of the basement window, hoping for an alcohol content that would take away our anger or perhaps get as deep as this, where old words have new meanings and fewer counterpoints.
Beeper Peddle is a writer and healer living on the East Coast. She lives with her partner and their beloved soul puppy. Beeper writes about sorrows, lies, and deep loves. When you read her work, you will dip down into her heart and end up in all manner of body parts. Should you find yourself reflected in these words, it is merely coincidence; however, it does not surprise her you share the same heart. Find her at bethpeddle.com and @beeperpeddle on Twitter and Instagram
KG Newman is a sportswriter who covers the Broncos and Rockies for The Denver Post. His first three collections of poems are available on Amazon and he has been published in hundreds of literary journals worldwide. The Arizona State University alum is on Twitter @KyleNewmanDP and more info and writing can be found at kgnewman.com. He lives in Hidden Village, Colorado, with his wife and two kids.