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Embers

heavy velvet whispers in a thick voice to my ear the absence of light romances the hot adrenaline: impregnate dark veins. he says? or we say I curse it as it swells and eddies, but deny not its fluctuating tidal cape a curtsy. So many bodies huddle, curl around embers, piercing the night. So many prayers. I’ll unclasp my hands once our knees are bent, heads bowed the pearls of piety. I beseech the curtain to breathe, to open wide…

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Hawaii

A collection of hundreds of islands sprinkled over 1,500 miles of vast blue ocean, the Hawaiian archipelago is home to incredible environmental biodiversity. Created by rising mantle plumes of basaltic magma at undersea volcanoes, the breathtaking heights and arid sho relines of Hawaii meld together to create a tropical landscape that is awe-inspiring in both its geological history and natural beauty. Because the islands are so isolated, life is believed to have arrived there by wind, waves, and the wings…

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21 Word Stories

Her fingers caress her crippled bow. Liquid melodies, once electrified, now dip and wobble. A broken cadence liberates a disconsonant girl. –       Preethi Kannan   Her sister dies at age three. She lives. Red empty eyes. Two years later she is three: “when i get leukemia” –       Phoebe Klett   I saw it across the intersection. 7 digits. 4 seats. 1 person. Once home, now foreign; I pass without a wave. –       Noelle Cassier   Digging with knuckles white and…

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Bodies of Water and Waters of Bodies

let the sea swallow me its tides dizzy me            let my feeble body float atop the water                 let the crisp air shoot shivers down my spine                      let me sink                 let me sink            there’s comfort at the ocean’s floor            there is comfort in…

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Bend like Bamboo

By Sheridan Wilbur   I favor the tree that, like myself, braves the winter wind – Aldo Leopold   Bend like bamboo   sometimes I – no usually, almost always – I turn my face away from the sting of biting wind and shut my ears off from piercing sounds I close my eyes to ugly sights and stop my mind from drifting to thoughts, uncomfortable   but what if – I favor that what makes me hurt because the…

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Hell and Heaven

There are seven billion hells and heavens, a pair in everyone. In constant tussle with one another, they make us many of one. Every decision, each word, all the thoughts that appear Reflections of hell or heaven, in our internal world. Like the birds, bees, tigers and monkeys, we are beasts, With an all important distinction: we’re able to rise above instinct.   There are seven billion hells and heavens, a pair in everyone. Sometimes we veer closer to the…

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handle with care

my mother calls me a hurricane but i think i am less storm and more tsunami.   too quickly, my anger dissipates into sadness: i can never hold onto rage for very long.   see, the world taught me tears but never fury, fear but never its cause—   some days i feel more freak accident than natural disaster. i am too proud to admit i am wrong but too scared to stand my ground.   i have problems with…

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Mustn’t Dance Too Long

Mustn’t Dance Too Long     Straining against the present, inactive in my chair Closing grateful eyelids And   Twirling around the room with a premonition in my arms A glimpse of those things that will demand me In ways The commotional, competitive, clamor of the now Cannot   Wisps of conjured warmth comforting me with what Will, must, be realized A blanket of story book feelings All scratchy sentimentalism and romantic moth-rot   Prophesying must not stay so  …

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