Short stories/Poetry

The Girl Atop the Hill

From up here everyone looks like toy people, smaller than my Barbie dolls, more like Legos. I see the top of their heads and there’s no particular pattern to their movements. They all believe they are doing something relevant, going somewhere important. But from where I stand, they are just scurrying dots operating within the […]

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Jasmine Unchained

Flashing blue lights promised justice as the police hauled away the young, handcuffed menace, while his mother’s pleas, a grating sound against the chalkboard of that justice, polluted the air. “You just don’t understand him,” she cried inciting angry protests and hateful glares from her neighbors. “He’s a good boy!” Jasmine, hunched over what was […]

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Short stories/Poetry

What She Left Behind

It was the end of the day, this was my last stop, and I was ready to go home. She entered the mailroom with a card while I was sorting the mail. She greeted me cordially and asked what to do with the card. I told her I’d take it and received it from her […]

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Short stories/Poetry

Madison’s Baby

Whenever he drew near, Madison clutched her baby to her chest. The child was the seed from her womb, but did not come from his loins, so he had no rights to it. It was all hers. He could not understand the love she had for her baby. He did not mourn with her during […]

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The Path Off the Road

Cali could never pride herself with being a person with internal GPS. In fact, she had a tendency of getting lost. But this challenge seemed simple. Her new friends let her out on this road and told her she had one hour to follow it home. They said it was like an initiation; each one […]

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Her Name was Narcissus

Her name was Narcissus. Yeah, yeah she already knew what the name implied. She knew how closely related her name was to the word narcissist; she’d been hearing it her whole life. Narcissus never met the grandmother she was named after, but she imagined if she were still alive, she would’ve discouraged her son and […]

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Mama Jones

The family had been torn apart by tragedy and later the lottery win of the matriarch. One would think that a loving mother who just won a sizable fortune would be able to bring everybody together again. Mama Jones was rich and tired, and she was losing the tug-of-war. There was a moment when she […]

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Short stories/Poetry

Baby Daddy

We broke up right after the baby was born. I’m not sure who broke up with who. We might’ve just agreed at the same time, but for different reasons. He probably broke up with me because he didn’t want the responsibility of being a dad. Any other time he would’ve been fighting for our relationship […]

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The Therapist

              I know you’re just doing your job, I said to him every time I felt myself open to him like a well-read book. When he probed into my past, studying my history with eager eyes and pricked ears, I told him whatever he wanted to know.     […]

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Short stories/Poetry

So Says the Wall

        Holding it all in and carrying it all on top. Dirty hands, sweat, anger. I see it all but I tell nothing. No one thinks to ask what I see.          If you look closely you see the small prints of a child who was playing in the […]

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