My Fellow Prisoner

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By Adi

“Why does the bird fly?” He asked.

I gazed through the lone window of confinement: the ascent of a kite.

My focus shifting from it’s rust-colored wings to the rusted grills, I replied, “because he’s free.”

The philosopher in stripes laughed, then he stopped and laughed again.

“The bird flies not because he’s free,” he said. “He himself is a prisoner of hunger.”

              
“We don’t write, time writes through us. We are moments.” – the writer

You Are Uncertainty

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by Lois Perch Villemaire

Uncertainty knocks on my door.
I’m not sure I want to let you in.
You make me uncomfortable and sad,
Nervous and anxious,
Like being at a funeral.
I see you are wearing a mask
Like me.
You make me feel like I want to take
A deep yoga breath,
Or do a few planks,
Or jump back in bed.
I hate to be rude but
Are you planning to stay long?
I hope not.
Maybe I could get comfortable,
To pause with you and reflect,
Or do things that I never had time to do.
That’s part of Uncertainty.

              
“I write to entertain myself and to describe feelings, experiences, and relationships.” – the writer

The Well-Groomed

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Danny O’Brien

I left the daisies to their decay at the headstone. Happy birthday, Grandma. A few yards on, the man in the suit was still eying his watch; oily gray, denture grin, rose in hand. Grim place for a blind date, purple dusk morphing fingered oaks into hovering claws. He extended the rose over a gravestone; thought I heard Beautiful as ever before the rose vanished, never falling. He stepped into the adjacent plot, disappearing. I walked over. Standing between two graves, an unnatural warmth curling around me. Cinnamon-scented wildflowers at my feet, rising to share their secrets with the breeze.

               
“I write to release the sense I’ve made of a tough childhood, the self-sabotage of my young adulthood, and the way it has shaped how I see the world.” – the writer

Whatever the Weather

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By Fiona M. Jones

It never was a dark and stormy night—not quite. But whatever the weather, Corey’s stories always began with it. A grey and misty morning, or a hot and cloudless noon? You knew straight away which led to ghostly visitations or a gunfight.

For two of Corey’s novels, set in Scotland, the nicht had not only been braw, but also bricht and moonlicht; and once he had even begun a story at brillig, but without the slithy toves.

But then, one black and tempestuous evening, Corey’s stories ended with the weather too. Lightning struck his computer, and they perished forever.

              
Fiona M. Jones has a short attention span and writes very short things.

The Mausoleum of Antiquated Ideas

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By Shelly Norris

Out of cold limestone walls
leaf and petal-shaped pockets
picked of their gold, jade
and carnelian inlay
blindly stare, the looted
plunder untraceable now
in some foreign Monarchy’s
coffers. A menacing arrangement
of iron implements
for farming and torture
still embedded with particles
of dirt and blood of innocents
now decorates an entryway.
A marble tomb, an engineering
marvel and geometric wonder
of the world, eternally
mourns the death of one love
favored to the exclusion of all others.

               
Shelly Norris began writing around the age of 12 as a way to survive. She continues to write to explore the vicissitudes of unrequited love and loss, dysfunctional wounds, healing quests, and the role of cats in the universal scheme.

Hills & Mountains

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By Lian Wang

when god piled up lumps of dirt and stone
did he think to himself
they would
host singing competitions
between baritone owls
and soprano sparrows
sport seasonal fashion
green and frills for spring/summer
orange and nude for fall/winter
shed dead skin
but revitalize
from a symbiotic relationship
with bamboo scaffolding
yet tall ones would be mountains
and short ones hills?

              
“The mountain outside my window distracts me from virtual classes.” – the writer

Wildflowers

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By Melissa Gill

If you find me

Growing wild

Please do not pluck me

Out of my element

Let me live

Among the wildflowers

Instead of leaving me to wilt

In the corner of your room

              
“I write to slay the monsters in my head, and to remember my grandmother’s smile on my birthday.” – the writer