Ashley Varela | poetry | we can’t make each other happy. & emergency plan

we can't make each other happy.

let’s not try.

come sit beside me instead.


we’ll dig a pizza out of the freezer,

get day drunk

until the moon coughs up a star.

there are worse ways to waste a life.

emergency plan

listen —

we can’t save the world
or each other.

come into my arms anyway.

harbor here
until the end.

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 and @beeperpeddle on Twitter and Instagram

Ashley Varela (they/she) is a queer writer & author based in Seattle, Washington.