With Every Snuggle

Photo by Charlene Gonzales By Charlene Gonzales With every snuggle,You are always there.When I wiped my tears on your sleeves, You never let me go. With every snuggle,I will always be your little girl.I will be in your arms no matter how old I am. I am lucky to be your daughter,With every stitch,I will…… Continue reading With Every Snuggle

A Perfect Space

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Maegan Smith I’ll shove my life in a box,And close my eyes.Stay warm, dry.Let it hang, In the air. A little box,Where stars glow but don’t burn,Voices ride the blades of a fan,Oh, how I yearned For air. No longer will footstepsBreak my night,Or will the soundOf paper give way…… Continue reading A Perfect Space

hot chocolate

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Ryland McGinniss i tried so hard to curate myself a foolproof collection of sweatersones in different sizes, because you fluctuated in levels of denialand i think you found peace in the fact that you could treat my identities like try-onsones that i convince myself are out of stylefor whatever list…… Continue reading hot chocolate

Daylight Savings

Photo by Greta Unetich By Greta Unetich The water’s edge draws us closer. Plumes of dried, browning teasel, marsh grasses, and goldenrod stand tall above us as we crouch over the shore, just barely waving in the soft ripples of wind. Small raindrops touch the lake’s surface, each one barely making it the far distance…… Continue reading Daylight Savings

You Met Me In Winter

Photo by Brigita Przybylski By Brigita Przybylski You met me in winterMy least favorite seasonThe snow, the cold, and a million other reasonsThat was one of the first things I told you,That I get cold way too easilyAnd wish it were warmer more frequently With my face buried into my unflattering coatYou brought up why…… Continue reading You Met Me In Winter

widow’s peak

Photo by Angie Shenouda By Angie Shenouda Monday  i take a razor  to the top of my forehead  where the uppermost part of me meets in the shape  of a V and the blade lingers  above  the valley of my worry  and with waterfall eyes i flick my wrist and watch dark  hairs land on…… Continue reading widow’s peak

Matriline

Photo by Julianna Reidell By Julianna Reidell Great-Great-Great Grandmother: Egy  bones  bled,  skin  seeped,  a soul  slipped  from cracked  lips:  And she passed, leaving kettő  to carry her name  — but not her story —  over the sea.  Great-Great Grandmother: Kettő  fled like a fairy tale, for  stepmother’s pinches can’t reach  across the atlantic  from…… Continue reading Matriline

Playhouse Disney

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Sinclair Adams In the mid 2000sWhen I was 6I’d wake up at 7And tap mom’s arm to wake her upI’d ask her if I can go watch TV in the living room The squat gray cube would lightBleeding bright blues and greens and redsFriendly faces greeting me goodmorningWhile dad gets…… Continue reading Playhouse Disney

Bedroom Lullaby

Photo by Aidan Hurley By Aidan Hurley There’s this little girlShe infests my dreamsShe has a queen-size bedBugs crawl between the seams Pictures on the wallBut they’re not of herPlaces in magazinesFor when she sees the world But she has no planI don’t think she’ll leaveA dusty porcelain dollShe’s barely moved for weeks Take down…… Continue reading Bedroom Lullaby