The thought of love without him
shifts the ground beneath her feet.
Whatever he meant, he said it instead.
A cool breeze pulls her ponytail southbound,
and tears spread across her cheeks.
She folds her arms and shifts her weight
to her back foot.
Whatever she meant, she said it instead.
A crisp slap across his cheek,
and a fuck you and die, said it all.
Andrew spent his formative years in Washington State. Andrew discovered a passion for creative writing during high school, penning short stories and poems. Writing became a therapeutic outlet for Andrew as he navigated the challenges of foster care. Following graduation, Andrew enlisted in the army, serving four years as a paratrooper stationed at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina. The experience of putting his life on the line every day instilled a deep appreciation for the fragility of life and strengthened his faith in God. Upon completing his military service, Andrew returned to Washington and obtained a degree in general studies and a bachelor's degree in theology.