Image Description: Sage, as a child, stands in a pink sequin dance costume in front of a brick wall, posing with their arms out and smiling at the camera.

how is your skeleton?

are you giving it a good home?

what does it feel like inside this body?

[ r e m e m b e r y o u h a v e a b o d y ]

One day I give up sitting at my computer because nothing good is coming from it. I walk up the stairs to change my clothes then descend back down until I end up in my basement. I look through my email to find the Pony Sweat newsletter, containing a free video dance aerobics routine. …

The other day I went on a walk with my dog, Roo, where she was running and pulling me almost the entire way. When we arrived at the park, she suddenly stood her ground, taking a seat to rest in the sunlight. I kept trying to encourage her to follow me, eager to get home to eat lunch, but she wouldn’t budge. Instead of getting frustrated, I decided to allow myself to slow down, to pause and bask in the sun of my own love of being alive. I listened to the birds, I felt the cool air on my…

A person with shoulder length hair lit from behind, appearing like a shadow, holding a pair of binoculars
“Discovery” by me in 2013.

Over the past three months, I have embarked on a massive creative unblocking, using The Artist’s Way as well as other inspirational tools and readings. During this period of unblocking, I let myself actually think about it and realized that my creative block began back in 2013, the year I graduated high school. During the last eight years, I have wondered a lot about why I couldn’t create in the ways I did as a teenager. When I was a teen, I would write poems, short stories, scripts, and take photos constantly. It was so rare for me to feel…

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In March of 2020, a lot happened. I definitely do not need to tell you about what was happening in the world. But, what I do need to explain is that I was turning 25, and my partner and I were heading up north to a cabin to celebrate when they said something to me that has been a repeated phrase looping in my head ever since. We were listening to the audiobook How to Not Always Be Working by Marlee Grace and pausing at the end of each section and debriefing it together. It was in one of those…

Sage Mitchell

Sage is a queer and trans writer living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is the creator of Songs of Ourselves, a virtual writing community for LGBTQIA+ people.

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