Travel Hacks

Discover another

Find the compass in each other

Take off all your clothes

and get lost

#nationalpoetrymonth day 11

Parenting Hack

Go easy on your child

You too are someone's child

even their grandparents

are the grandchildren of children

We all inherit the broken tools of brilliant people

See, the eldest of us still

has not outgrown suffering

You are built to withstand

your grandmother's demons

of course you break

in the same places

That's why you know what I know:

it takes courage to hold your own child.

Sometimes their tears

are the same tears

you've been crying

for generations

#nationalpoetrymonth, day 10

Productivity Hacks

Wake up early

Unmake your bed


take it all apart

Tangle the sheets, throw the pillows

uncomfort the comforter

break the bedframe

like a wild dream

Call your crushes and describe them

Make mistakes in front of your children and learn from them

Nonviolently rob an unethical bank

Say yes to yourself

Alternate walking and skipping

Overthrow corrupt governments

and/or delegate

Empower others ftw

(v efficient life hack)

share your knowledge and skills

Write and schedule your ideal press releases ahead of time, like, years ahead of time, just do it

Pick out your outfit the night before revolution

Use templates when replying to racists

Swallow a bomb, become an artist

Make your own tools

Control your calendar

Teach it to sit and roll over

Give it treats

Kiss your lovers, surprise them, deliver lunch, go to the thing

Text them, sext them

Download 1000 apps

Make a wish

Set a reminder to email yourself your to do list

Light your phone on fire

Drink 8 glasses of water


as many times as you need to 


#nationalpoetrymonth, day 9

Beauty Hacks


Dry your hair with a t-shirt instead of a towel

Go to bed early

Smash the patriarchy

it's bad for your skin

Excuse yourself from irritating conversations 

Dispute unrealistic expectations of you

Indulge in fantastic company

Cook your ancestors' comfort food

Wear your seatbelt

Seek good lighting

Reject eurocentric misogynistic interpretations of your body

Decolonize your spirit

Exercise your magic

Do up your hair before bed

your dreams deserve you

Reward yourself

honor the small stuff

praise the parts of you that are working so hard and then give them a break

Find the parts of you that are hiding

and then give them a hug


Get ugly sometimes

It’s okay, it’s not for forever

Hold the door open for strangers

Let them open doors for you, too


Wear blessings in layers

then you’re always prepared

Communicate about what brings you pleasure


Never wear shoes that will inhibit you from being fully and comfortably you

or that could fall off should you need to run at midnight

Also, avoid destinies where you are afraid someone will see you as your true self

Also, find alternate ways to escape oppression that are not men with unhealthy boundaries

Try a liberation capsule: pick 37 essentials that make you feel free

Choose breathable fabrics

Blot your lipstick

Feel your feelings

Be bold

with yourself

You were born with it

#nationalpoetrymonth, day 8

My favorite songs are my legs

My favorite songs are my legs

The symphony of walking

The carol of the knees

The 5k drum solo

A choir lost in prayer

Protest songs

My Sonic landscape




The lyrics

The bridge

The shin 

The twirl

The anthem

The lullabye

The chase 

This ballad

we are humming

on the bed



#nationalpoetrymonth, day 7

My favorite animal is the moon

My favorite animal is the moon

It's fast and humble

It eats light and nightmares

So loyal it doesn't grieve

You can throw almost anything and a moon will retrieve it

Insults and mistakes and memories

It can find a kiss by scent

It can detect doubt by sound

I heard about a moon who jumped off the boat to save its drowning lover

Or another, who rescued two children from a burning building

Did you know

that a moon can hold its breath for three generations?

Sometimes that's how long it takes

for a grandfather, a father, and a son

to find the other side of each other

#nationalpoetrymonth, day 6

My favorite teacher is when someone cancels

My favorite teacher is when someone cancels

and I enroll in an hour I didn't think I had time for 

No one is expecting me, not even me

and then I arrive, surprise

and I am welcome

Won't I make myself at home,

can I get myself anything,

how am I

#nationalpoetrymonth, day 5

My favorite flower is every rose Robert gave me to say he was sorry

My favorite flower is every rose Robert gave me

to say he was sorry

Not because he was sorry

and not because I forgave him

But because he carried them inside his fist

and he didn’t so much

set them on my desk,

he just kind of let go

and they fell in a general direction.

Before they landed,

before I could greet them or tend to them

before anyone could enjoy them,

he opened his mouth, Listen, I

they were so beautiful

they deserved better


#nationalpoetrymonth, day 3

My favorite poet is the tide

My favorite poet is the tide.

She takes and she breaks

and she delivers.

She gets pretty and goes out,

all her lovers in tow.

Her mouth, an impossible verb

folding and unfolding

she somersaults when she comes

and she leaves notes in the morning.

I studied her work for years.

Her crashes, her form.

Picked up her rhymes

and her lists and her bad haiku.

Put them in a bucket

put them in my pocket

and put them on my tongue

and put them on the porch.

We've all hurt things

for the poems inside them.

When my starfish died, I mean

her starfish

died, their wishes turned to rot,

their eloquence vanished,

looking for someone else.

Some stories don't belong to me

#nationalpoetrymonth, day 2