Take It Easy by Nicole Stagman
There are days I watch you,
suffocating in your stress
like a forest fire that doesn’t know
when to quit.
But I am here to breathe Continue reading “Take It Easy”
The Sad Firework by Sara Hubaishi
My outer shell began to shake. All the robust sounds filled my tubing. Where was I going? My creator left me, and it felt like I was going to explode. What is the purpose of my life? Why was I brought into this world? I have no talking device, nor do I have those chubby knobs that my creator had. My boxing seemed to engulf my very being. One of my Continue reading “The Sad Firework”
Test Day by Jondell Taylor
The phone rang. Jason stood up, grabbed the phone, and held it to his ear.
“She just opened her eyes, and now she’s asking about you and Nell. Can you come see her now?”
Before that, Jason sat down with his sister, Nell, to play Go Fish. She wanted to deal the first hand, and counted out seven cards for each of them. “Give me all of your two’s Jace.”
Jason smiled. “You’re supposed to say, ‘Do you have any two’s?”
Before that, Jason washed the dishes he and Nell had used for dinner. He had made macaroni and cheese and chicken strips. Before that, Jason grabbed his sister’s hand and led her out of the hospital doors.
“I thought we came to visit mommy.” Continue reading “Test Day”
I Do by Marissa Hewatt Stephens
She walks down the aisle towards him and with my weathered, veiny hand, I adjust my glasses, and squinting through thick lenses, I watch her.
As we gather here today…
She’ll go to a swanky hotel on their wedding night; just like she saw in the movies, and she’ll lie there after on the expensive sheets and think that the cinema has ruined it for us all, which it has.
And when she has a child, if she’s so blessed, she’ll envision herself as one of those all-belly pregnant women and vow to control her portions, but instead he’ll drive her to the local Jimmy B’s at 3am for extra-fried onion rings and blue-raspberry slurpees. He thought it’s what the baby would want anyhow. Continue reading “I Do”
Embrace Your Beautiful Soul by Kyunti James-Thorpe
Embrace your beautiful soul
Because with it, you make all the difference in the world
You will be like wisdom described as she in proverbs 3:17
Her ways are ways of pleasantness and all of her paths are peace
You touch people this way
You change their mood as you smile Continue reading “Embrace Your Beautiful Soul”