when I am upset I drink jasmine tea because it’s expensive and it makes me feel like a princess, like the way he used to make me feel. I put five little jasmine balls in a cup and wonder how they tied them so tight and I pour boiling water over them and watch them in my cup for what feels like an hour. I watch them blossom and grow so big, like they’re alive and they grow and make a garden in the bottom of my cup. When they look like they are finished opening up and I get ready to take them out and pour them in the sink, they twitch and pop and surprise me and I stay and watch for longer.
-Karina Von Voigt