NO SO SOUTHERNLY, SOUTHERN CHARM **CHAPTER 3**

“You want a double or single, sweetheart?” Francisco, the bartender at the Royal House oyster bar and restaurant asked Caroline as she took her seat, front and center. After the day she had with her boss it took her less than one second to decide; she raised her hand putting up two fingers to indicate…

NOT SO SOUTHERNLY, SOUTHERN CHARM **CHAPTER 2**

New Orleans Board of Hoteliers. The big, bold, block letters were proudly stated near the top of the twelfth floor building. Its frame certainly wasn’t the biggest in town, but definitely ranked the most powerful. From rich hotel owners, board kings- their lawyers- art dealers, and other wealthy business owners of the French Quarter- combined-…

NOT SO SOUTHERNLY, SOUTHERN CHARM **CHAPTER 1**

Cars that were filled to the brim with dried up, half-eaten burritos from Taco Mwahna, cups with more mold than some cheeses, and empty packets of ketchup, made, Caro thought, the car she was currently riding in the actual moving violation. Not her compact, super clean, super sporty, cherry red Pocket Rocket. And just because…

SHE SINGS

She sings about the struggle. It surrounds her like the color purple. She’s tired of thinking; she’s tired of speaking, So she sings about the struggle. She sings about her fears, Closes her eyes- inhales- Because to her it’s real- She used to say, She would sing about the struggle.     He’d touch her…

BROKEN GLASS EPISODE 1

 Is the image of ourselves that we see ever really accurate? I don’t necessarily care what others think about me, or so I firmly preach, but after a recent conversation with someone I consider a friend, I find myself wondering whose image is correct? Mine, or what the outside world sees. Does the world see…

SHORT AND SWEET

Who out there has been DISmissed by an almost significant other, an almost lover, an almost soul-mate? Today, I was, except it felt very different than the usual crude let down through a text message, through a friend, through an email, etc. Wait, I forgot the worst one – Face Book?! Thank God that didn’t…

THE BALANCING ACT

Ok, so I’ve put some serious thought into why I went from personality type A to personality type B (or whatever type I am) in 5.4 seconds a couple years back. Maybe some of you can relate, maybe not, but I’m sharing anyway. After putting some serious reflection time in, I have to say, I…

A RELATIONSHIP UNTITLED

I trusted myself with you completely. It’s still there, the burn- When I think of you it becomes heated.   I think of how you deceived me And how I was treated. On my sleeve was the love I openly wore for you   Yet still you lashed out even when I retreated. As my wounds became…

DEEPER LEVELS

Have you ever had a friend where life seemed to send you on different journeys, but no matter where your travels brought you, the two of you always, at some point, crossed paths again – picking up exactly where you left off with ZERO weirdness between the two of you? Almost like you saw each…

24/7

Who is that man forcing my stare; looking back at me? Further than his brown eyes can gaze, I have to be. Because there I can simmer in unspoken promises Where I dare to attempt this new and sexy love affair. He said jump in with me and float down my stream. I said okay,…

WITHOUT YOU

I learn and grow Feel the heat and the burn From these bandaged wounds I’m Wrapped and sealed My skin can almost feel The air it breathes The tingling sensation That comes from letting go It’s that sweet time again I can feel and I am me Without you…    

I HIDE FOR NO ONE

When not being real I hide away. This mind; transparent slides Where my life is exposed. So I hide for me.   Under any light you can see them- Authority, keep your Expert eye off of me. You don’t cause my tremors I tell my tale. But I still hide for me.   All, behold the ravaged, unkempt temple. No…