"Teach Me to Know" | The Lone Bellow
teach me to know my number of days. hold out my heart from getting carried away. ♥
Stand By Your Man \ Tammy Wynette
you’ll have bad times
and he’ll have good times,
doin’ things that you don’t understand.
but if you love him,
you’ll forgive him,
even though he’s hard to understand,
and if you love him,
oh, be proud of him,
cause, after all, he’s just a man.
I love songs about horses, railroads, land, Judgment Day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak and love. And Mother. And God.
Heart to the Husk // Jeffrey Foucault
Please burn my letters
Let them writhe
The love and the lack
Let the blue meet the black
Let my words become fire
I burned your letters
Cold or kind
By a river at dusk
From the heart to the husk
Every word became fire
When I was a teenager, my journal was everything. Sometimes I’d tape ticket stubs in there or write about the movies I stayed up too late to watch. I made mixtape lists in there and a list of boys I wanted to kiss and boys I already had—rated them on a scale of one to ten. I wrote down hilarious (to me) things people said. Like the time my then-boyfriend, now-husband, Loran, just randomly said “If I was a dog I wouldn’t bark.” I covered my journal in Tori Amos, Ani DiFranco, Alanis Morissette, Sarah McLachlan and Liz Phair song lyrics, filled it with my celebrity crushes (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeff Buckley, Dave Matthews) and my thoughts on religion and the world and Drew Barrymore-ish outfit ideas.
I am Leesa Cross-Smith. A brown-eyed Kentucky girl & a writer of fictions. INFJ, a highly sensitive person, an empath. My debut short story collection EVERY KISS A WAR (Mojave River Press) will be released early 2014. Sometimes I write about makeup and baseball and books and life and stuff over at LeesaCrossSmith.com & there's a detailed list of my work over here. I'm also co-founder and editor over at WhiskeyPaper. I write reviews for The Review Review & Female Gaze Review & some other places too. I also write Sons of Anarchy reviews over here.
Every Kiss a War Tumblr
Yes, yes y'all.
-2011 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, Editor's Choice
-The Weekenders Magazine
-Little (flash) Fiction
-KY Flash Story 2012 -Pithead Chapel
-Literary Orphans: Tavern Lantern
HELLO, YOU! JSYK: I love Jesus. "Bind my wandering heart to Thee." I also love my bearded husband & our little babies. Also: haberdashery, DMB, The Avett Brothers, Caleb Followill's voice, Miranda Lambert, The Civil Wars, Jax Teller, Oliver Queen & Felicity Smoak & Arrow, hands-in-pockets Jim Halpert, country music, bluegrass, southern living, mason jars, cardigan sweaters, extra accessories, winged eyeliner, hippie stuff, bright colors, the 90s, classic rock, baseball, Derek Jeter's jump throw, Josh Hamilton's batting bounce, Americana, my LLBean boots, cowboy boots, old-timey things, the country, the mountains, the ocean, flannel & plaid, hilarity, books & cooking & food & farming & basically anything that is awesome. Most of these pictures are not mine but everything should link back to its original source. I reblog things b/c of how they make me feel and b/c of reasons. Here is my message box. ♥