Hello! I'm Derek, a writer based in Portland, OR. Author of short stories, poetry, and blog posts about the things that interest me. Be kind to yourself and others, always.
How Lucky Was I?
Sometimes I think back to the questions, the curious, smug smiles that stole my childhood innocence and reflect on how my world has changed.
Eat with Patience
I sat at my desk eating oatmeal this morning, a mindless activity to pass the time, shoving spoonful after spoonful of food into my mouth.
We drive down Ivy Glen, wind blowing in our faces and I think back to when I thought I could keep pace – —— I thought I could keep pace.
A colorful parrot flies high above Jack. “There it goes – the only color this island had,” he said. “This island is nothing but brown. Even the plants look faded.”
5 Tips for Improving Your Poetry
If you had told me five years ago that I was going to be a poetry loving nerd, I would've told you there's no way I'd waste my time trying to become the next Emily Dickinson or Billy Collins... And yet, here I am.
Mom (I love you)
I'm five years old hiding behind your leg, shaking 'cause the world feels cold today. — You rub your hand on my back, I want to run so far away,
Thoughts wrap their hands around my throat, squeezing violently and unforgiving. — Most days I kick and scream for life,
I've been stuck with writer's block lately, and after struggling for days and days, I broke free from it! Well, at least I hope I did!