ice water, a bitter aftertaste, ripping apart cotton, music boxes, water slides, breathing in spray paint, glitter in your lip gloss, smoke in the high school bathroom.
when snakes shed their skin, catching snowflakes on your tongue, broken piano keys, dilated pupils, lollipops from the doctor’s office, teddy bears bigger than you are.
freshly brewed coffee, when zippers get stuck, pricking your finger on a cactus, when the power goes out, sundresses in autumn, the ridges in your spine.
prominent veins, carrying around a good luck charm in your back pocket, sand stuck in your shoes, wind blown hair, speaking in your native tongue.
laundromats at night, owls on telephone wires, a sunburn peeling & the soft skin underneath, sweet tea from the south, breakfast in bed, blurry photographs.
a hangover you can’t shake & you have to wear sunglasses all day, iced coffee melting in the summer heat, the swing on the front porch, sand through the hourglass.
a toothache, piling everything in the corner of your room, monsoons, black & white pictures, choking on a lifesaver, trying to walk a straight line when you get off the merry-go-round.
silver lining, maple syrup on your fingers, walking the tight rope, cotton candy clouds, heaven in your headlights, not believing in good-byes, cutting off the frayed edges.
the way cats always land on their feet, sore throats, cheap wine in champagne classes, abstract paintings, sting of a wasp, collecting seashells, looking through old yearbooks.
wishbones, the in-between level on an elevator, homesick, a peach pit, goosebumps on your thighs, throwing knives, drawing on the sidewalk with chalk, conversation hearts on valentine’s day.
citrus smelling hair, harp strings, when the flowers start to wilt, the salt around the rim of the margarita glass, chandeliers in ballrooms, shaking the coconut to hear the rattle of the milk.
the colors of a pinwheel getting mashed together, codeine laced dreams, shadow games, lagoons, lemon slices, stumbling in high heels, string around your baby tooth & slamming the bed room door to wiggle it free.