Sea, ocean, gentle, lapping, rough, powerful simple, complicated transfixing, calling deep, shallow, disappearing rising, reaching, swallowing blue, white, colourless, transparent cold, unforgiving warm, inviting endless, vast, uniform, unique separation, path hello, goodbye   Copyright © 2020 Lily Lawson    

I have read a lot of books in my life and some of them hold no memory. Yet some of them, years later, I can still recall some of the details, fragments or sometimes the whole premise. If you are an author, this is what you are aiming for, the hope your book will be […]

I weave my secrets into your fine threads, covering them beyond detection. Allowing me the freedom of expression without the vulnerability of exposure, in endless streams.   You accompany my walks in solitude, offering refuge from the encounters I would never seek to face. When human consolation turns its back, you will remain.   I […]

It hides, ever present, waiting.   It sneaks in, takes its place, for a few minutes, or settling in for a few days, unwilling to move.   The weight zaps my strength.   It can take more than me to see it on its way.   The signs that herald it’s arrival are becoming recognisable. […]

It’s in the moments of our lives, the ones that sometimes go unnoticed. It’s in the feeling that we share, at this special time of year.   It can be just a single touch, a soft caress, that may not linger. The words we use can mean so much, if we have chosen them with […]

You never say thank you anymore and it made me wonder why. Why would you not thank me? Is the effort I put in no longer valuable? Are you fed up of me trying? Am I just annoying you? Do you want me to leave you alone? Or have we reached that place now? The […]

Catherine Matthews is an educator and author living north of Seattle. She is currently at work on her debut novel, Becoming Benny. Her essay, Deeper Than Social Connections, can be found in Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19 (Ed. Jennifer Haupt) coming in September 2020. Catherine shares her life experiences through…