Life by Drowning

I have taught you that the sky in all its zones is mortal.
Let me now re-emphasize the extreme looseness of the structure of all objects.

Joseph Conrad

Angles on the English-Speaking World, Volume 1 2001

Phoenix Rising

Wednesday, July 22, 2009: My curiosity over the letter’s origin turns to obsession. Who could have written such a letter and under what circumstances? The question rests on my pillow, and the letter under it, as I drift off to sleep that night.

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Phoenix Delivered

Phoenix Delivered

Thursday, July 16, 2009: The year transpires much the same, one distraction to the next. By day, I split myself in two—half domesticated mom, half professional businesswoman—accomplishing neither whole-heartedly. Perpetually fatigued and scattered.

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Phoenix Slouching

Tuesday, February 13, 2007: I awaken to the offensively chipper chatter of morning show hosts from the clock radio at my husband’s bedside. Pulling up my knees, I withdraw deeper into the dark, warm covers and lift them over the back of my head, relieved when he hits “snooze” and heads to the bathroom. A ten-minute reprieve.

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Phoenix Dreaming

Monday, February 12, 2007: Death by fire. I dream of dying in a burst of flames. Searing heat traveling from my feet, up my legs, swirling around me. Hot, dry, release. My soul purified by fire—a quick, dramatic death, nothing left but ash. The antithesis of my life.

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Newest posts in "Life by Fire":

Phoenix Dreaming
Phoenix Slouching
Phoenix Delivered
Phoenix Sleuthing
Phoenix Rising
Forethought
Foundations Laid
Foundations Shaken
Foundations Shifted
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