carpet (beth)


There was the sprawling ocean and the sprawling land, and we were floating above it all. Everything up there soared. Our faces were rosy and chapped. I could feel my heart leaping through my shirt. The sea was thick in wavy blankets of deep greens, and suddenly, the sky looked like it would like the top of our heads. There was mainland river runoff rushing to the ocean, ships inching along the horizon, the sound of hysterical sea birds. It was cold, but it was all ours, and for a moment, nothing else mattered.

~From Creatures by Crissy Van Meter

thirsty (beth)


Ella and Bryn sat side-by-side in the brilliant noon sun, every bit of the yard gilded by the light. There was no wind today and so the sun felt just on the cusp of too warm and the flush and shine of it on skin and hair seemed decadent.                                                                    ~from Say Say Say by Lila Savage