Unrest

Unrest Abby Pace The world is surrounded by this black darkness Forcing all of its loud noises to be set at bay I lay me head down and tell myself “it’s not at all harmless” But my mind doesn’t listen; its voice keeps driving calm away   I do not like it here, all alone When my mind wanders the things unspoken No longer are they my very own thoughts They now belong to the silence that’s broken   Things I tried to avoid during the day, now occupy my mind New doubts come to the surface, pushing me further…

Building Repairs of Natural Disasters

Building Repairs of Natural Disasters Abby Pace It seems my body has betrayed my mind and has decided to reveal my true outlines My mind made sure its doors didn’t lead to locked rooms and hidden hallways it stayed behind the scenes to make sure I give nothing away; at least until it met you. the walls of my body that were once smooth became decorated with lines they spread thin to reveal the dark wooden surface that fills my space the paint of my skin has allowed its crumbling and thin foundation to seep through smell of human overthrown…

Step Up, Oklahoma

Step Up, Oklahoma Annemarie Cuccia After a year of budget shortfalls and funding crises, the Oklahoma legislature is entering a concurrent session in an attempt to rectify budget problems while continuing to govern. The session began with Mary Fallin’s final State of the State, in which she encouraged legislators to support a plan she believes can restore Oklahoma, called the Step Up plan. The plan was submitted by a group of community and business leaders to the legislature, and both parties have their concerns. As the legislature moves towards a vote, many Oklahomans are unaware of what the plan even…

It Goes Both Ways

It Goes Both Ways a poem by Haley Monday She said stop. She said no. Just because you want this doesn’t mean she does, so go. Please yourself if you have to but don’t touch her. A woman with her own mind doesn’t have the time to think about you and your “needs”. So please, bark up another tree. He said stop. He said no. just because you want this doesn’t mean he does so go. Please yourself if you have to but don’t touch him. A man with his own mind doesn’t have the time to think about you…

Phoenix Reborn

Phoenix Reborn Alyssa Diamond A few nights ago the sun painted the sky a dying orange. I watched a phoenix dissipate in the hot summer air; its feathers nothing but tendrils of black smoke and rising embers from flame. I smelled burnt ozone for days after. The scent seared into my senses- my thoughts went back to you and how you never forgot the taste of the sky. Even when your wings were reduced to ashes. You never forgot flight. Neither did I. However, the self is not something a match can be taken to. Should your past burn, your…

Counting to Eleven

Counting to Eleven, a short poem by Haley Monday.   I let out a stifled sob. Next to the garbage can, I let tears fall. Holding my hand over my mouth. I try to keep it quiet. Both my feet on the ground, But my thoughts seem to be in the sky. Replaying events like a montage, I feel a black hole in my chest. My heart hurts as if acid had been poured in it. Wanting to blend into the darkness, I huddled to the shadows. Wanting to collapse, But instead I count To eleven, And go back inside.

Nothing & Professional Protester

Nothing Abby Pace it Is the absence of something Ask me what’s amiss I’ll reply with nothing But the Translation is this There’s something missing for a while it was just a feeling I didn’t know what had been displaced Someone saw through the veiling There they found what was misplaced The confidence I once had is long gone away It let me walk in the halls alone- which at one point was a thing What didn’t have me checking each way What allowed me to be ok at a new place without haste This little thing has such an…

Iceland is Taking Steps in the Right Direction for Gender Equality

Iceland is Taking Steps in the Right Direction for Gender Equality Sarah Tooley In the pursuit of equality for women in the workplace, the island country Iceland is making significant strides. As of January 1st, legislation has gone into effect requiring Icelandic businesses to provide valid documentation that both male and female employees are equally compensated for their work. Discrimination of wage distribution based on gender or race alone was previously illegal in Iceland— as in many other countries, like the United States— since the early 1960s. What makes this legislation more progressive is the fact that it has greater…