Lauren Elrick

Lauren Elrick is a freelance writer and editor who has a soft spot for understanding people and their depths. Content Editor of Tapestry Magazine, she also writes and edits for a variety of blogs, magazines, and organizations, while managing a few social media accounts for companies on the side. Lauren lives in the historic part of Saint Paul, where she revels in simultaneously scoping out the Twin Cities food scene and retreating up north. You can find her online at laurenelrick.com and on Instagram @lauren.elrick. 

The forgotten package

In a real, dark night of the soul, it is always three o’clock in the morning. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Billow bright, our faces flung open—
Cracked from the top down for a pair of words;
A ditch full of grace, caked in worlds,
sloughing off mortification in a curious smack of soul.

It’s all right, I say, as you steal lungs for your own
inhaling. Sometimes, you can’t arrest morning like a criminal. It’s a
slow burn—a gap for tending.