Author Archives: Melissa

paintbrush

for Leonard Cohen Like a pen, like a violinist’s bow, like a voice, like the expression of fingertips, like lighting in a photograph or dynamics in a symphony, like fingerprints, like footsteps, like feathers, like every single sunset and every … Continue reading

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beads

Wooden, glass, ceramic, stone. So many colours – reds, teals, purples. Round, flat, cylindrical, ridged, irregular, oval. Coral, turquoise lapis lazuli, shaped and hammered silver and brass.They slip through my fingers, larger than grains of sand but similarly fleeting. I … Continue reading

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rocking chair

Sometimes, when no one is there, it starts. The creak of wood on wood could be mistaken for a draft or the wind through the panes, but the windows are on the other side of the room and besides, it’s … Continue reading

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rag rug

In Willy’s ranch house in Tarpley, Texas, there were rag rugs on the floor. I should refer to him as Bill, he didn’t like being called Willy. I visited Tarpley over Labor Day weekend twice during my university years. Once … Continue reading

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buffalo

Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo is a sentence where the same word functions in four different roles. Adjective-subject-verb-adjective-direct object. It is probably possible to distinguish the roles played by the two adjectives, but that would take the skills of a … Continue reading

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photo booth

Those funny little stalls stashed in odd corners of a shopping mall or just outside a movie theater, sounding their siren calls for the spare 5 minutes and handful of change. You step inside with your brother or beloved or … Continue reading

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hat

‘Hmm…have you seen an incredibly tall, stovepipe hat?’ he asks, peering at me, his face coming much closer to mine than it has in years. ‘No, no, no!’ I giggle, delighted that we are playing this game. ‘Hmm…perhaps I left … Continue reading

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