kaleidoscopic, adj.: Sometimes my fragmentation impedes, but it can also reveal; I see new patterns as the colors inside me crash and crush.
karaoke, n.: Warning—you’re going to see me roar.
karma, n.: If you steal the sheets, you are much more likely to fall off the bed.
karoshi, n.: I hear you typing away, long past midnight, and think nothing but love merits this hour, and you do not love your job.
kayak, v: The satisfaction of not saying a word, of being at sea but near each other, loosening our thoughts to the subtle tide.
keel, v.: It’s fine if we rock and we pitch; we just have to make sure the fear doesn’t overwhelm us – only then will we go under.
keep, v.: In the endless trade of taking and giving away, I want to be the thing that sits off limits, too precious to ever lose.
keepsake, n.: The fake feather that you found, now in my wallet; incomplete creature, completed by memory.
kegger, n.: I try to point out that we’re not in college anymore.
key, n.: You’re led to believe there’s only one in the world that fits into each lock, when really, few keys or locks are unique..
kibitz, v.: I can hear the four of you in the other room, the birdsong of your friendship blurring before it hits my ears.
kibosh, n.: Without discussing it, we entered the stage where big purchases needed to be “discussed.”
kick, n.: For sure, I get one of these out of you. Sometimes it makes me smile and sometimes it makes me rub my shin.
kickass, adj.: I look to you because you’d climb the tree to save the kite, while I’d stay on the ground, hoping a wind would come.
kickstart, v.: When I open my eyes in the morning, I need a reason to open my eyes. And most mornings, it’s you.
kid, n.: Alive, but having no real sense of time.
kidding, v.: Delivering the candy-coated jibe; easier to swallow, but empty when digested.
kidney, n.: I’d give you one, but would draw the line at two.
kidult, n.: If we never have kids, if we never have a mortgage, if our parents never age, do we get to stay like this forever?
killjoy, n.: I concede that every now and then I’m a speed bump, but I never want to be a brick wall.
kilter, n.: Stop. Just stop. Breathe for a minute. Let gravity do its job. Settle before you move again.
kin, n.: You carry your family with you. There is too much of it in your body to ever completely leave behind.
kindness, n.: The most essential quality, more important, even, than love, because it applies to strangers as well as friends.
kindle, v.: Yes, the sparks were there from the start, but we’d also put down the right material (our dry, ready hearts) to catch flame.
kindred, adj.: We were meant to be in love; we were meant to be family.
kink, n.: We don’t have to share each other’s strange affinities, but they have to at least make us curious.
kiosk, n.: I ran out to get us the Sunday paper and OJ for the first time, and found myself telling the man, “It’s not just for me.”
kiss, n.: A manifestation of all the ways that give and take can combine to become share.
kitchen, n.: Every party we’ve thrown gravitates here, our friends unable to get more than a room’s distance from the fridge.
kitschy, adj.: Kitten + trashy
klaxon, n.: Your blaring harpy of an alarm goes off first, always managing to rip me from sleep before it makes it through to you.
kleptomania, n.: The desire to make your things mine, as if that would be proof of anything besides theft.
knack, n.: People who proclaim they are “good at Relationships” always seem a little undone by the plural.
knackered, adj.: Exhaustion that feels like you’re stuck in a comic frame, without the energy to create the bubbles for speech or thought.
knead, v.: Sometimes metaphor is not enough, and we need to be hands on, tenderly taking the time to work out our knots.
kneejerk, adj.: You need to let me finish the sentence before you add the punctuation of a no.
knight, n.: You have to know he doesn’t shine that armor himself.
kooky, adj.: I noticed the small initials on each of your walls, and you told me a drunk co-worker of yours once swore it brought good luck.
kowtow, v.: I’m more afraid of bending to my own self-destructive qualities than to having you ask me to bow to yours.
kudzu, n.: The element that you innocently introduce into your love that ends up taking it over, e.g. jealousy, competition, lament.