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Published April 2014

Print Journalism

$1.2 million to benefit United Counseling Services Head Start program news

United Counseling Service’s Big Brothers Big Sisters: Sam Clement & Keegan Reed feature

Fighting the freshman 15 (Summer 2014 Albany Times Union internship) health feature

A breakdown of three popular diets: Mediterranean, juice cleanse and the Paleo diet (Summer 2014 Albany Times Union internship) health feature

The art of makeup feature

You’ve heard of Shirley Jackson, right? Her kids speak at an event every year for “The Lottery” day news

The quality of child care in So. Vt. suffers without funds news

 

Short stories and essays

College work between 2013 and 2015

Aneurysms (A research paper on cigarette smoking and my father’s health)

Online Obsession opinion

Wash, rinse, repeat opinion

Turn off the radio and tune into Rhymesayers opinion

A New Journey of ‘Why?’opinion

Metamorphosis Essay Kaftka academic

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Analysis academic

 

Photography

Nikon D40, iPhone 6+ and GoPro Hero 

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Poetry

A tribute to my cat

Watching you sick makes me sick.

You’re helpless and struggling and existing,

here.

The doctor says nothing may work,

but we hold on.

Everything’s normal still.

Just a scare that lingers.

Eat, drink, collapse, relocate,

repeat.

Animals are a blessing and a curse,

It comes with time.

This is the time, and I was partially prepared.

A piece of you and me are taken away,

No matter how much I pray.

I don’t believe when other people say they pray for anything and everything,

but I really do.

I did for Dad.

It’s temporarily valued,

everyone knows the truth.

I feel so many things crawling onto the ground across from you,

G.

Your eyes dark, somber and barely open,

not engaged.

Your fur shaved in odd spots.

Your energy low and weak.

I loved you sitting in the window calling for us.

I loved you sitting on the armoire begging for a kiss.

I still love you.

Nothing really changed, though.

No one said, “It was a close call.”

You would have stayed if that was the case.

Money spent, hope gained.

I wish you less pain.

______

We’re constantly previewing what’s yet

to come.

Celebrations, destinations,

death.

You never reflect until

it’s

over.

My scent lingers around the house,

but he remains behind the couch.

Breathing worse,

but loyalty remains.

Don’t buy animals,

Unless you want to bury them.

That’s part of being an adult.

Every time I linger on the edge,

It’s to see his fur rise,

just a little bit

higher.

I wish it was as easy as

breathing deeply,

But I don’t know.

He’s back to normal,

But breathing heavier.

Where’s the progress?

_______

The dim, dark, dull day

took you away,

from us

and from your pain.

Peaceful you lay at the start of the

day,

but uncomfortable until.

We knew it would come.

You were there for it all.

The good and the bad.

I’m sorry you suffered,

but you had your lasts.

May wherever you go

there be comfy couches and

much dirt to roll in.

My black and white buddy.

The big, fat cat with the

big, fat heart.

 

I’m sorry,

I thank you for your kisses,

love, and memories.

5️⃣3️⃣

From afar,

But close to home,

This joker claims to make more than $100,000.

He’s dying inside,

He repeated it himself.

Hottub

Golf

Writing checks

And turning his head.

“As long as my wife is happy”

“But she’s gained some weight”

Three kids with the first entering college

*writes check*

Said he’s from Indiana as if it implies a

social status.

“I grew up frugal,”

I said.

“So did I,”

He said.

Fired from Wall Street.

“Marry the right person,

That’s the most important decision.”

As I sit idle in between

Work and the perfect world’s planning meeting.

Stalling till my agenda item,

10 minutes till.

We shared the small world sense,

But not the empathy I wanted,

The sympathy he wanted.

Must be nice to get a hall pass,

Sorry I’m close to 17,

Your daughters age.

It’s all a lie and they’re all the same

Cloning around the cities.

 

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