Tinder Trucker Dude by Marlayna Fire

Tinder Trucker Dude

A Texas trucker from Tinder pushes all those Okie-buttons I’ve tried to suppress. But pandemic, quarantine, and continued isolation make me rethink dating. I already work at home, connecting with the world through a Zoom screen – already a pro at social distancing. The thought of personal connection powerful even if it means my vowels … Read more

Delight in Your Presence by Marlayna Fire

Delight in Your Presence

I thought I knew exactly what would happen And I was entirely wrong Because you are you And I didn’t know you Until I did And then it was too late And would have been untruthful For anything else to be Including what I thought Which turned out to be wrong Because in the end … Read more

I Cry by Marlayna Fire

I Cry

It’s not unusual for me to cry when I come.  I don’t mean just a verbal cry.  I mean I cry, tears running down my face.  I cry.  I can sob. When I was younger, I was embarrassed, and I was confused.  Emotion was so strong within me and I couldn’t understand the tears.  The … Read more

Creeping White Lies by Marlayna Fire

Creeping White Lies

Have you ever had a profound moment of clarity squeeze through in just one heart beat? The kind of instant awareness in which something gnawing at you breaks free and springs into your consciousness without warning?  You catch your breath realizing, “Oh! My goodness! Of course!”  Clarity emerges.  In that one heartbeat, you feel yourself … Read more