The World Commands Me

Skie Rocco Be brave not because you want to be, but because you have to be. Bang, bang, Hush, HUSH. The words we say when valor and fear collide. We make some choices, and some are made for us. But in the end what matters is how you stride. Be Brave not because you...

A Fish’s Home

Jessica VanderWerff I am calmed by rhythmic lapping of waves, and the familiar scent of sunscreen. Fishing poles and nets cover the splintered dock, like debris after violent summer storms. “Don’t trip,” she says; my feet have already found a way to become entangled...

The End, It Happens

Vibha Solanki Flickered lights disturb the peace, in the hospital she tremors with exhaustion, it is me who destroys at sixteen, but mother how does she watch me crumble with this cancer. These days collide into months in this bed but I reminisce in agony with this...

White Heat

Fatuma Hydara A silk strap falls off a supple shoulder. A soft, silky hand lingers. A breathless whisper, a gasping moan, a stifled cry. Passion glazed eyes. Touches here… there… everywhere. Heated skin, burning hotly just beneath the surface, a coming together,...

The Tide

Jasmine Braxton this room becomes our ocean: thick with salt, we swim in this salty oasis. we swirl and twist and dance like fish blinded by this tangled dance: this endless tangled romance and i fear i may drown within you. you slam waves against me and i carve...

Broken Boys

Amanda Leigh Morey I’m a hopeless romantic. A fairy tale romance is all I’ve ever wanted; one boy I can’t live without. I didn’t think I would meet two. She’s beautiful and witty. The only girl I’ve ever loved. My heart isn’t torn, unlike hers. I think I love them...