Sunday 16 June 2024

in April

pristine the morning was
before jet engines broke
ducks and geese leading
little ones half woke
across the pond to where
the beaver felled maple
made for shade in


Friday 14 June 2024

after the thaw

i had to bury her
after the thaw
that bad ass bitch
after it all
who came to exist
when i was in danger
now left me wounded
and raw
my shadow like
a stranger

all the unfeeling
revved up 2 distraught
voices carried
across the hall
they were mine they


Thursday 13 June 2024

not to be mistaken

was not 
her thing 

the skin 

the lashes 
conveying tears 
to the crows 

only 4 

not to be 
mistaken 4


Monday 10 June 2024

I who made me feel

the way you
made me feel
i could not stick

i could not
whiskey rocks
i bought
and downed
til I was numb and dumb
like the wake of a

on the periphery i
discovered it was i
who made me feel
that way


Sunday 9 June 2024

what we had

it wasn't romantic
what we had
didn't catch fire like
some fad
couldn't make millions
off a silver screen
wouldn't walk a runway
just to be seen
faded discolored was
what we had
blown in the glare
of a weary lag
we quietly held hands
in the alley


Saturday 8 June 2024

a nod to inattention

cheers to meeting our potential 
at a four star hotel
with roses atop down pillows 
five hours every morning 
pushing iron letters into ribbons 
a nod to inattention and 
our own worst


Thursday 6 June 2024


thursday. chronically blue they chose another hue with a front loaded track touched with bright and friendly lingo


Wednesday 5 June 2024

key to the crime

discovered by a librarian working in the stacks it was key to solving the murder. they knew she had met him there and was his type and was the last place she was seen. the correspondence on the paper in the book matched both their handwriting and tied them.


Tuesday 4 June 2024


iota. ninth star. fading into blue at five forty-five am. the sixth month the fourth day of the year. it was ridiculously early to think but they could at least count to ten.


Sunday 2 June 2024

if dirt could speak

 the crow stood out 

against the songbirds his voice 

like if dirt could speak 

okay okay 

what have you to say crow? 

he chided me with off pitch 

neither sweet nor ingratiating 

felt somehow 

like truth


Saturday 1 June 2024


what architecture is this? despondent and fractured. one more stress and I fear it will all come down... you're mistaken, she said. it has weathered a thousand of our darkest days and will withstand a thousand more... long after your bones are calcifying the garden.


Friday 31 May 2024


she was the only woman up on the rooftop stapling in the shingles all day long with the others. you cannot pay me enough on this hot summer day. sheltered only by a hoody she stared longingly at the willow making shade by the pond.   #vss365

Tuesday 28 May 2024

no sunflower seeds

yesterday we rambled through a maze of parks and trails just north of Sacramento. we encountered friendly travelers and odd signage posted on the back stops of several diamonds: NO SUNFLOWER SEEDS


Monday 27 May 2024

May 27

diurnal they accosted me ... though unable to be seen known through 5 senses ... I located them with the sixth ... keeping my enemy close I charmed then unlocked their vulnerabilities ... now we can dance


Saturday 25 May 2024


 the culture grew on us like lichen. in time we would be fighting and hurting too. it got so hard to remember we could only imagine how we were before. I wrote some simple words... you drew something... reminiscent of loving. 


Thursday 23 May 2024


there is no pill you can take to stop the madness she said trending below baseline hands beginning to tremble fearful of her emotions


Monday 20 May 2024


many a magpie

I've the pleasure 2 know
bouncing off my toes
trying to stay warm
idle chatter at the bus stop in the snow
helped to endure
the storm


Sunday 19 May 2024


"we are not so helpless to find our way back to our own states of mind" 


May 19th

yesterday was a cluster so I gave in. a bowl of lucky charms and oat milk. lying on the couch with my favorite blanket and the cats. watching true crime.


Saturday 18 May 2024

think from the heart

the world 

had been saying 

you are unwanted 

for quite some time

she lost any hope of

surviving here

then the gods 

told her in a dream

think from your 



Tuesday 14 May 2024


the building lay vacant, locked and chained, on the market to be sold. anytime they happened to be in midtown they went out of their way to see it. remembering the ethos there. the tenacity. how everyone pulled together and true to the cause.   #katyamills

Monday 13 May 2024

Saturday 11 May 2024

book review

The latest review on 

 "Within the pages of a fantastical world, "Ame and the Tangy Energetic" tells the captivating journey of two friends, Ame and Kell. The narrative is immersed in the gripping challenges that characters face. Addiction, self-discovery, and the resilience required to navigate the complexities of life are explored skillfully by the novel. Ame and Tangy Energetic's beauty is enhanced by the author's poetic writing style, which sets it apart. For those seeking a captivating blend of fantasy and emotional depth, this novel is a must-read that leaves a lasting impression on the heart."    - Archana

Here is the link to the review:

Thursday 9 May 2024

killing time

killing time until we
drop my heart charged with
loving you I cannot


Wednesday 1 May 2024

May 1

we were all breaking apart little by little day by day and it wasn't poetic. you with your back breaking work at the foundry, the kids living on credit and loans, me with my heartbreak. even the cats needed meds.    #katyamills

Tuesday 30 April 2024

April 30

 Tuesday morning. ironing a crease. setting the radio volume low. adding carrots and pumpkin seeds. forming a part in the hair. fingertips saturated in super hold gel.  #katyamills

Sunday 28 April 2024

April 28

my god how I cooled into a calm to see you settle into this deep faith leaving your momentary suffering behind.     #katyamills

Saturday 27 April 2024

April 27

You would come to me, sad and belittled, with holes in you, sometimes angered always hurt, and I would tend to your wounds, reminding you gently that he wasn't all bad and nobody is... a byproduct of the war, damaged property of the US Army and in a great deal of physical and psychological pain. 


Friday 26 April 2024

money mouth


they saved all thecoins thinking was magical like metal 
made wealth


Thursday 25 April 2024

April 25

I could hear the thunderous bass line on the other side of the bridge. From here it was much kinder like the water took the heat out of it. I had to repeat myself five times. The first two because you were drowned in sound. The last three because you could not believe what I said. You made your way to the side of the stage and stuck a finger in your ear and pressed the phone to your head, 'Why?'

#WIP #katyamills

Wednesday 24 April 2024

April 24

 WIP excerpt... 

They stood on shore, dripping. I thanked them and headed back up the levee to where you stood waiting, my love, and you put your arm around my neck and we walked to the car. I was crying a little and apologizing for ruining the concert. Behind us the kids had overthrown the ball and one was cautiously wading in to get it while his sister was yelling for him to be careful and watching him intently, chewing on her fingernails.  #katyamills

big deal

big deal! he said sarcastically. this time she would not believe him over her own emotions. it really was a big deal and she wasn't crazy. and it happened on a full moon too.


Tuesday 23 April 2024

drunk 1

the ocean
mirror of sky
the whole world
blue sinking
in the depths

so much for drinking
and driving


Monday 22 April 2024

folklore fail

she had become a splendid goddess of the sea according to the folklore. tell that to her brother her mother her father. her little dog. tell it to her lover whose heart was broken the day she drowned.


Sunday 21 April 2024

book review

Latest Review of Girl Without Borders

"I actually enjoyed the plot of this book. I had read a few reviews before reading it and saw that some people didn’t like the layout of the writing. I did enjoy it however the only issue I had was understanding when a person was talking as it wasn’t in speech marks but was in italics instead.
The plot was rather fun to read and easy to keep along with. I just struggled at times to understand it due to the writing style as stated before! However, it was often poetic to have the writing this way.

It was a great novel by a fascinating writer and I hope to read more works by this author in the future!!"

link to Georgia's review on Goodreads

pub crawl

to forget the trouble
to forget it all they 
shifted down into 
a pub crawl


Saturday 20 April 2024

terrible secret

the tractors
running on oil
manipulate the soil
5pm the workers head off
night falls
he buries the burlap sack
deep into the ground
with a folding WWII shovel
before CEMEX lays the
secret safe
4 now


Friday 19 April 2024


they got a lock on it

unwavering in the face of pressure and influence they did not self abandon

a peregrine falcon in a dive


Wednesday 17 April 2024

more more more




why do you always want more more more? she asked. can you never be content? he admitted it wasgreed ... but what else would I do with my time? scroll my phone endlessly with no purpose like you?