Midnight Runs by Ellen Huang
A quarter to twelve
and the movies not yet started &
you want to bake cupcakes with
sprinkles and frosting.
I want to watch the movie
without my head hurting.
You mention ice cream.
Immediately, my grumpy hedgehog self
sitting in a blanket perks up.
I find the gospel in these midnight runs
the youth in our skedaddling mischief.
I find sisterhood in strawberry ice cream
for the mini blender our first night moved in.
I find fellowship in the drinks and
walking like dancing, joking like we mean it.
I find brotherhood in messy pizza plates
kinship in our quest for sugar
under fluorescent light
giddy before the cashier's witness
music blasting in the car.
Thumbelina and literal chill under blankets.
I find heaven in these hidden moments
of spontaneous communion
spilled conversation, dripping with commentary
peppered with wondrous real joy.
Our privilege in this age to see such hours is
a blessing and a curse, that we now know
the mystery of midnight like the final frontier
of all-nighters. An already solved puzzle, underwhelming
and yet definitely a blessing
that we share dessert in this space
where fantasy and reality are not
enemies, but sisters
becoming women of valor,
empowered by adding to our nostalgia & sweetness.
How humbling, how savory
to remember even the Almighty ate and drank
and laughed like us,
with disciples and outsiders, loving
what taste buds and new hearts
have yet to invent words for.
Ellen Huang (she/her) is an ace fantasy writer with a BA in Writing + Theatre minor from Point Loma Nazarene University, a peer reader for Whale Road Review, a director of original human skits, and a lover of the strange and unusual. Much of her work is grounded in themes of progressive faith and platonic love. She has pieces published in Kissing Dynamite, Amethyst Review, Nymphs, Aze Journal, Moonchild Magazine, Exhume Lit, Sword & Kettle Press, Diverging Magazine, and more. She lives in San Diego with her pan roommate and a pet dragon. Also, she runs a blog where she explores her spirituality through creativity, books, and movies. Follow if you wanna: worrydollsandfloatinglights.wordpress.com.