Rude awakening

I was floating on a cloud It was a balancing act But it took little effort It was a life of my own making Easy, safe, comfortable Sometimes a little lonely Then one day, real life appeared out of the blue She slapped me across the face And I lost my balance Fell from my […]


I woke up with a gasp As I so often do these days Struggling to catch my breath Tangled up in cold, damp sheets Alone with my nightmare It’s the same one every night Falling, falling, falling Then hitting water so hard I feel the bones in my body crack At first I’m paralyzed, numb […]

Somewhere only I know

Dear Sage, I’ve roamed these narrow streets all my life. I know them like the back of my hand. I know every nook and cranny, every hiding place, every pathway and shortcut. Every smell, every emotion. I know it so well that it became a part of me. Part of my DNA. I know it […]

Be wary

Dear Sage, People don’t change. At least, speaking from my personal experience, they don’t. So be careful. Be wary of promises of fresh starts, new pages and new beginnings. The intention might be there, but rarely does a change really happen in a person. And that’s fine. We are who we are. But we have […]


Dear Sage, I vividly remember both the first time I saw him and the last. There are not many people I can say that about. The first time I saw him he was an awkward teenager dressed in a suit. I remember thinking he was going to become the most charming young man. And he […]

Slow Death

Dear Sage, They say bad things come in threes. It seems like so does death. I don’t know how to start writing this, but I need to get it out of my mind and off my chest. Maybe this way it will stop haunting me. It was cancer. She was in her early forties. It […]