I burrow into my feelings and my deepest nightmares, layers upon layers of discarded information that built up over years like soil deposits. Reflection, real reflection, is an archaeological dig. You find yourself sectioning off the area into blocks and keeping track of what sites, what points in time in your life were the most active, which had something unique about them compared to the other years.
I feel old.
It hurts to see how much, how many parts of me, I’ve buried all this time.
We’ll see about the chains, I whispered, low.
And they laughed, for they knew it wasn’t in my power to decide.
They took me to a room. It had a chair, and a rope. They tied me to it.
It was the first in a chain […]
I chose the side who’d rather die. So I deserved what came next.
That, when night descended, and the first shot shook the block, and the first crash of glass shattered my mind,
that as the people yelled and […]
One and a half seconds
and he goes in to kiss me.
I don’t like where this is going.
Half of me wants to be
in a hot air balloon sailing
soaring past mountains,
adrift in the clouds, […]
Don’t even use that word with me, as if I’m a whiny brat who just wants this.
No, I need it.
This is a part of me, an everlasting fire fueled by conviction, determination, passion, love. This is the most […]
What a waste of words.
The writer, my love– he paused, inhaled his incensed cigar– should not seek approval.
But as he continued to drawl, all she could think of was how she, the tightrope walker, balanced […]
They poured, together, over the ancient tomes. Faces paved in a tomb. The library reeked of decay, dusty, damp.. it had been abandoned sometime, in the aftermath of the shootings. What sadness, that all those who […]
It came as a threat; the words, “Let him falter, or he shall see light.”
For I had not been accustomed to such talk. Falter, or light? It was precisely that kind of comprehension he did not want to come to terms […]
My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
I realize this as I send him text after text, and he doesn’t reply.
I flip through text after text, waiting for him to come home.
And he doesn’t– he didn’t even pack his […]
This is what they told me, when I was a child.
Sit up straight, smile, and always, and very big, smile to everyone, no matter what is said. Keep your clothes clean, don’t get messy. Don’t walk with your cousins […]
Who needs these?
I’ve seen them standing in defiance, the other day– She was instructing yet again at the chalkboard, Peanuts-drawling, the words blending into whines and mwa mwa mwaas, the subject must […]
I was sure I’d been here before.
I looked around, at the graffitied walls, the tin trash cans, the piles of junk along the edges of the alley; ahead, apartment buildings loomed in the distance, threaded with […]
A man walks up to a woman in a headscarf and pulls it off. He begins kicking her, careless about the hits. She tries to push him away and run but he throws a punch to her jaw. He claws at her shirt and tears it. […]
I’ve seen it before, at the edge of the horizon.
In the corner of my eye, just before I awaken, at the edge of the land, there is a beacon. It gleams and emits a wavering light and when I see it, a soft music […]
Nothing’s a secret anymore, he said.
And she had to agree– nothing could be. They can hack into anything you own and steal everything you own. They can see you on Skype if you’re not careful, and access your […]
Don’t worry about it, he said. I’m sure we’ll get there sooner or later.
But what about the others? She inquired. If they don’t receive word of it, they will surely be killed.
‘Tis a secret they shall soon […]
If we let them find us, they would certainly enjoy it.
First, they would rip up the floorboards. They would block the cellar entrance, and we would be unable to escape.
They would drag Papa up by the scuff of […]
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