Monday, November 6, 2017

6 Keys

The fog settle over the stadium lights,
in a way that made me miss high school football,
but not in a way that made me miss high school,
adult life is more stressful,
but generally better.

This is mostly due to being able to eat whatever I want.

But the way the fog settled that night
reminded me of being 14,
and walking out onto the field for the first time.

"Are you nervous?"


"Good, you'll play better"

Riley Welch

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


My stomach is full of caffeinated coffee and anxiety,
and I get that one of those things,
I didn't consume.

But let me guarantee,
it is still there.

Lunch waits around the corner,
and my forgotten breakfast
was not enough.

Riley Welch

Monday, October 30, 2017

Monday Blues

Today I had the Monday blues,
different than the one that comes on a Sunday. 
This one felt long and trudging. 
This one felt cold and stagnant. 

Tuesday’s aren’t meant to be better. 
But maybe this one will. 

Riley Welch

Sunday, October 29, 2017


I just couldn’t sleep.
Everything seemed incorrect.
But light would come soon.

Riley Welch

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sleepy Wednesday

usually the sleepiness comes on a monday
it comes
slow and steady
as sleep does
catching me while i work
and while i write
and while i cook
hoping tomorrow
i could have five more minutes

Riley Welch

Monday, October 23, 2017


This sleepy Monday came to soon.
Both stressed and underprepared.
Thursdays seem so much nicer.
They are close to the end.

But I've made sure not to wish my weeks away,
they are still valuable for now.

Riley Welch

Saturday, October 21, 2017


The air was still when I left my house,
but 15 minutes later,
the leaves threatened my ankles.
I think this meant it was fall,
though I did not yet feel ready to let go of summer.
Something about bundling up wasn't what I wanted just yet.
Would this mean I would gain a thick layer of winter fat?
That wasn't really what I wanted.
Do hot beverages even keep you warm?
I don't have a fireplace. 

Riley Welch