Forgot your password?

We just sent you an email, containing instructions for how to reset your password.

Sign in

  • I’m sure you’ve seen this before.
    5,500 relationships attached to the Ponte Vecchio bridge, stirred on by Federico Moccia’s 'I Want You'.

    The boy is holding us in his hands.
    We were snapped shut in an instant. Tied tight, locked in, bolted together, no key, a complex combination.

    You and I needed stethoscopes against the chest to understand the code.

    An unrelinquishing force, the paradigm of security in oppression.
    Dramatic, faithful, wry, snowfall, burnt, tearful, love locked.

    And then there was a lengthy process to click and release.
    We exhausted the dials until a heavy arm ejected from the lock.

    The shock of vulnerability.

    I turned myself away, until you bend down, found a tiny orange holiday lock, snapped it shut in your palm.
    • Share

    Connected stories:


Collections let you gather your favorite stories into shareable groups.

To collect stories, please become a Citizen.

    Copy and paste this embed code into your web page:

    px wide
    px tall
    Send this story to a friend:
    Would you like to send another?

      To retell stories, please .

        Sprouting stories lets you respond with a story of your own — like telling stories ’round a campfire.

        To sprout stories, please .

            Better browser, please.

            To view Cowbird, please use the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer.