The Elixir

The Literature and Arts Magazine of Brenau University


July 2017

2012-13 Edition Notes

Dear Readers,

I am thrilled to share with you the works of Brenau’s talented writers and artists. This year, our collection draws from a diverse group of students who utilize multiple mediums and genres to explore everything from the impassioned to the mundane. Each woman included in this collection has shared with us a unique rendition of life as a Brenau Woman. It has been my privilege to work with these creators, and we hope that you will find as much joy, intrigue and fascination in seeing our works as we did in creating them.

Warm Regards,

Chloe Golden



Tough by Marley Elliott

Now she’s single,

but she never complains

because she knows that sometimes

a girl needs to suck it up.

On her back

is a dragonfly tattoo.

Her heart is harder to get to

than Fort Knox,

they key is buried

under miles of concrete.

Her heart has been stamped on,

tilled battered and barely beating,

she thought it was tough love,

and would cry herself to sleep every night.

Now she flits away from guys

as nimbly as a dragonfly,

and to any guy

who thinks they have a chance with her,

she says,



-Originally published in The Elixir’s 2013-14 print edition

-Photo credit to Tattoo Journal

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