Know the difference.

Lust,

is an incandescent

invertebrate;

a brief, consuming inferno

with no appetite

for hardship.

Love,

straightens her spine,

cups her hands around

the brokenness,

and stays.

—Know the difference.

On raising a boy.

I rub

gentleness

into your skin

every day,

so that the one

who loves you

one day,

does not have

to peel back

the layers,

to find your heart.

—On raising a boy.