Wednesday, 31 May 2023

work is good

I got off my shift and you just started yours

sleeves rolled up we exchange uplifting words

we are workers. we make our freedom! this is how we live

it keeps us honest. work is good. it keeps us on our toes

it keeps us


Tuesday, 30 May 2023


the day before the final day 
in May we went to town hall 
it was cold and gray
we liberated the coffee from 
the crates imported and gave it 
all away. Main Street turned blue 
burners on. nothing left to do
but have a cup and tell stories 
like the man whose home was unmoored
in a storm and floated away
chased out on the final sun ray 
second to last day 
in May


Monday, 29 May 2023

sweet from bitter

it took me all of 10 years 

to unlock the secrets within 

the green cabbage 

now she tastes sweet

and i can kick up 

my feet   


Yosemite in May

the lady at Chinese Camp

dressed in a floral pattern

warned us the mad river 

had escaped. Highway 120

was impassable

we would have to travel

south on 140 to Mariposa

we bought an Indian blanket

and fed the chickens to 

thank her for her kindness


Sonora, CA

we had our final meal of the day

i ordered a burger that was not a burger

combination long drive and hike. Yosemite

we planned to get up before dawn but

it was impossible. i popped a Tylenol

and we slept in


the day you disappeared

we came upon a mountain

whose face blocked the entire sun

you hiked up the slippery rocks 

to where the tremendous waterfall 

landed. i followed you 

far as i could into the mist

it all happened so fast!

i shouted after you. my clothes

soaked through i lashed myself

to a beech tree there no longer

able to see or hear this is 

how you disappear


Highway 49

we followed the Merced river north

on Highway 49

she became a frothy madness 

the snow off the peaks filled her banks full

this is what's left of the wildest winter

we got quiet like children with magic 

thinking we could contain her


Wednesday, 24 May 2023

high stakes

i learned by living

to lower the stakes we set so 

high we panic

scared to make a single


i learned by living

if you fall it may be bittersweet

for the ground she will

hold you


the one true friend


at eleven

was nothing like you 

at fourteen

beyond the years

red with fire and no longer 



let me be the one true friend

i refuse to amble along

pretending not

to notice


Saturday, 20 May 2023

the licks

in the city of your dreams
scurry the serpentine back road black 
top beauty. an ice cream snowball 
crashes into your knee a
natural painkiller
for all the licks


Friday, 19 May 2023


i am taken
flecked with silver and shimmering
hands clasped around your neck
wearing the forever coat of nails
you made me

i wanna kill the ones who made the internet
sometimes. for drawing me away from you 
to careless icy screens


the living daylights

out of bars
out of cars
they got kicked
(they got scars)
out of class
been harassed
off of trains
in the head out of bed in the dark
the living daylights extinguished
off and on like an electrical short
some say
they made hard living look


give a secret to the sky


on our fingertips

we rest in a field

sciatica makes you sigh

a secret falls off the lips

up cycled into



Thursday, 18 May 2023

world of uncertainty

sleepy dreaming. sonorous was locked in the body. anarchy in there. i coaxed it out with a mission into this world of uncertainty. a sonic boom. everyone dropped their phones in unison. aware of dead time. exfoliated the cells. once that wore off we were super fierce


Wednesday, 17 May 2023


we locals

not casting out very far

wheel around town in a three door car

you know our names and we know yours

stop at the candy store and the bar

for some steady gossip to remedy 

any overthink with a steady



Tuesday, 16 May 2023

wild card

perfection. the dalliance ends now. stop the fuckery. i am with friends i walk with good intent. the weight of age and time the only pain i carry. no longer self-inflicted. my royal flush ends with a wild card. the feeling you get after you lost it all. to live on.   #katyamills

the hour you meet the world

wistful you push us too hard. with some slow burn desire you push us. you push us too hard. you sing this song night and day feverish after what you long for yourself. please. sit back and count the stars. the hour you meet the world. let things be as they are.  #katyamills

what was and ceased to be

they dragged him out to the fields middle of the night and roughed him up good. she woke up alone and wondered why. locked out of the house he somehow managed to climb over the fence. she found him sprawled out in the backyard, shirt torn, under the influence of apricity. 


Monday, 15 May 2023


at ninety-seven the allure was still living in his own home he built in the fifties with the help of a friend. he fought the knees. they did not want to get him up and standing. he ordered tamales and empanadas by the dozen and gave them away to anyone who helped.    #katyamills

Friday, 12 May 2023


languid and still drunk

you took your bottomless coffee

like medicine to ill effect

you could still love bro

sometimes that's how it goes bro

always up on your toes bro

heart broken like the eggs over 

your grand slam special


Thursday, 11 May 2023

heart of glass

she had done herself up and sumptuous by nightfall. he watched her drag her glass bottle coke with a straw. he already had her heart but could not know. hidden behind a heavy fortification of eyelash, cool undertones with a touch of cosmic apple blush. #katyamills

boba 15

all we had left besides
blurry screen smudged vision and apocalyptic climate heads 
was the kindness we shared over a smashing boba tea 
in twenty twenty three


may 14


you got me a manicure

the color was pretty in pink 

we ate fresh tamales

watched the movie about a hotel in Budapest

and woke up to birdsong

and cats watching 

the nest



may 9

the thoughts were like 

poison mixed into a moscow

mule and killed the hour

you believed 



Tuesday, 9 May 2023

b4 u think

broil the salmon 

golden pink

stop the thoughts

before you think

you don't have to feel bad 

about it



audio of tongues


flicks off a screen 

replicated churned out 

the machine 

acne and scars 

stitched up in pixels 

strung out like guitars 

mixed at the top of harp-shaped lungs 

sampling the primitive 

audio of tongues 

this is the age 

of ai


Monday, 8 May 2023


the zillion cheers Hip Hip
Hooray in the murky gray 
of the UK

super uneasy
reluctant with scepter and orb
out of total fashion
in the year twenty 
twenty three

a new King 
takes the 


Sunday, 7 May 2023

night so strange

on hard times


the days turned strange


easily bruised

turning colors 

laughing and jumping

they twitch

as if turned by a switch 

into night

unable to register

any longer

the light 


Friday, 5 May 2023

less than likely

we watch the kids
play pinball at the city arcade
selecting broad beans for our coronation
quiche. the lands we lived on
shaped us. it had nothing to do with sex
get the mind out of the gutter
ball. the clothes cling to our body
and the line in the garden
closing the book over the mark 
we go to sleep


Tuesday, 2 May 2023


I line my eyelids
with a metal finish
the day begins with words
from an interior 
space. a common life i have
formed by various pressures and forces
lucky with freedom wishing
to be a light to show 
a way out of the darkness
to any lost soul
i line my eyelids
a silver finish


Monday, 1 May 2023

your love

is a command

a letter with intent on a flaw finding mission

a plastic screenplay run through ai

generating artificial tears

to torture my wounds

thanks to your love

i love to be