Sunday, December 28, 2014

Some Grief Stage or Other

You never told
us you'd

blackened your own
eye and

maybe even cracked
your head

the stand by
your bed,

neatly folded, cover
creased like

sealed envelope ready
to be

And later, that
dying you

Pretty passive-aggressive if
you ask

Thursday, December 18, 2014

What I Read at My Mother's Funeral

They say mourning is public, grieving is private.  I'm doing both.

Mom passed December 2, 2014.  She was 68 years old.  We believe she had a stroke.  She died peacefully in her sleep, but we were miles away, she in Florida, we in Virginia.

There's nothing more to say.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Who writes this crap, anyway?

Sent By:
    Samantha Kipkalya              On:Nov 11/29/14 1:21 AM

Hello My Dearest,
My Name Are princess Samantha Kipkalya Kones, 24 Years Old Female and never married, I am writing this mail with tears and sorrow from my heart asking for your help at this time, I got your contact while searching for a trustworthy someone who will understand my present condition and come to my rescue here in the Mission Refuge Camp here in Burkina Faso. I have passed through pains and sorrowful moments since the death of my father.
My father was the Former Minister Kenyan road. And Assistant I Minister of Home Affairs Lorna Lobos had been on board the Cessna 210, Which Was headed to Kericho and crashed in a remote area Kalong's called, in East Kenya. The plane crashed on the Tuesday 10th, June, 2008. You can read more about the crash-through the website below

Site: (Du musst Dich Einloggen oder Registrieren um Multimediadateien oder Links zu sehen).
After the burial of my father, my stepmother and uncle conspire and Sold my father's property to an Italian Expert rate the shared which themselves among the money and live nothing for me. One Faithful morning, I Open My father's briefcase and found out the documents which I have huge amount of money deposited in one bank in Burkina Faso with my name as the next of kin. I Traveled to Burkina Faso with the documents to Withdraw the money for a Better Life So That I Can take care of myself and start a new life, on my arrival, the Bank Director Whom I met in person Told me that my father's instruction to the bank Is That the money would only be release to me when I am married or present a trustee/Foreigner Who will help me and invest the money overseas. I am in search of honest and reliable person who will help me and stand as my trustee so That I will present him to the Bank for transfer of the money to His/her bank account overseas. I have chosen to contact you after my Prayers and I believe that you Will Not betray my trust. I put my hope and my trust in you.
Though you may wonder why I am so soon Revealing myself to you Without Knowing You, well I will say That my mind convinces me that you May be the true person to help me. More so, I will like to disclose much to you if You Can helps me to relocate to your country because my stepmother Have assonate Threaten to kill me but God did not allow her to achieve her plans. The amount Deposited with my name is ($8.500.000.00) Dollars)( sum of Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ) and I Have Confirmed from the bank in Burkina Faso on my arrival.
You will also help me to place the money in a more profitable business venture in your Country. However, you will help by recommending a nice University in your country so That I can complete my studies. It is my intention to compensate you with 40% of the total money for your services and the balance shall be my capital in your establishment. As soon as I receive showing your positive response I will put your Interest Things into Action Immediately. In the light of the above, I will appreciate an Urgent message Indicating Your Ability and Willingness to handle this transaction sincerely with me.
Awaiting your Urgent response. Please do keep this only to your Self for now until the bank will transfer the Fund. I beg you Not to Disclose it till i come over because I am afraid of my wicked stepmother Who Threatened to kill me and Have the money alone, thank God Today That I am out from my country (KENYA) But now In (Burkina Faso ) These Where my father deposited money with my name as the next of Kin. I have the documents for the proof.
Please find a place in your heart to read and understand my condition.

Thanks and God bless.
Sincerely Yours,
princess Samantha Kipkalya Kones

Saturday, November 15, 2014

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

November Poem (draft)

I wanted you,
but not

to grant entry.
Now every

you fall back
into memory,

some sickly foliage.
I still

your uniform, imagine
what it

have been like
to touch

collar, that place
on your

where skin met
twill, stroke

kiss it, then
run like

Saturday, November 08, 2014

How I Awaken

When is it okay to wake me up this way?
Something digging in my elbow skin,
sweaty breath in my face, something familiar smelling
but gross and I'm so, so tired, please go away,
don't you dare lick my mouth!  God!
It's a damn good thing
you're a dog.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Troop Treats, the McLean-based nonprofit that ships thousands of care packages annually to US troops overseas, will hold its Fall 2014 care-package event on Oct. 25 in Falls Church, VA.

At the event, volunteers will pack 3,000 care packages containing thank-you as well as shampoo, soap, toothpaste and other needed toiletries for shipment to US Army and Navy troops and Marines in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia, Africa and elsewhere.

Troop Treats is also seeking to raise $10,000 in tax-deductible donations immediately to make these events a success. Donations can be made through PayPal at, on Troop Treats’ Facebook page using the “Fundrazr” feature, or by mail at Troop Treats, PO Box 3862, McLean, VA 22102.

“This is our 9th straight year of taking part in National Make a Difference Day, and we think it’s going to be our best one yet,” said Troop Treats President and Founder Germaine Broussard. “We’re expecting tremendous community support.”

Troop Treats’ “National Make a Difference Day” corporate sponsors are Macerich, one of the nation’s leading owners of shopping malls including Tyson’s Corner Center and the Fratkin Broussard Team of financial advisors at Morgan Stanley in McLean.

Volunteers are needed to pack care packages at this month’s event. The event on Oct. 26 will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the James Lee Community Center, 2855-A Annandale Road, Falls Church. To volunteer, register at Volunteers should arrive by 9:30 a.m. to check in.

Last year, Troop Treats volunteers packed a total of 30,000 care packages containing toiletries, snack foods, decks of cards and other gift items for US soldiers deployed worldwide, truly making a difference in their daily lives.