“READY” & “WIN”

“READY” & “WIN” Haley Monday READY Wide awake in this new era I am drowning in a sea of new responsibilities. My lungs are ready to breathe fresh air. So even if I’m being swallowed by the high water I won’t stop reaching for the sky.   Able to see the world now I can finally witness the venom that fills up above.. Poisonous gas flies over all of us Yet only few can see that we’re all Slowly being killed.   Screaming against the injustice Even when we’re drowned out by the racket of men in charge. We shout…

Rising Sun

Rising Sun Annemarie Cuccia   Here, in our house by the rising sea, nothing moves. Waves crash against walls as if they are attempting to shake them, but the stillness is oppressive. They ask why we remain here.   To leave? Well, to leave would be a crisis. When you only know one thing, when all that is familiar to you is just beneath your feet, it is hard to run your hands along another banister, to feel different sheets against your skin. Even the stillness would be, in the way that stillness must be, missed. For if we were…

“Mourning” & “Summer-The Peaceful State”

“Mourning” & “Summer-The Peaceful State” Abby Pace Mourning I feel your presence invade with care The darkness isn’t the only thing there I feel your piercing stare I wonder where you are My hands search and grab, but get nothing but air Summer- The Peaceful State I long for the searing heat that wraps around me To feel the sun on my skin with its strong sensation these worn out feet miss the grass that’s been baked in sun My overlistened ears eager to hear the birds again This overwhelmed heart mourning for the love of what could be My…

Feminazi

Feminazi Haley Monday   I’ve been told to calm down. That yes, my ideas of oppression and sexism are important, but not important enough to be respected at the dinner table.   I’ve been told that mentioning politics can make people upset. That’s it’s annoying that I care for my country too much. That I need to chill.   If I scowl at a offensive joke I’m a party-killer. I’m too serious.   I’ve been told to be careful. That if I speak too loud my opinions could be heard.   I’ve been told to shut-up. To quiet down. To…

“In My Eyes” & “Girls, Girls, Girls”

“In My Eyes” & “Girls, Girls, Girls” Abbie Staggs In My Eyes I look in the mirror and all I see Is me, is me A girl I don’t want to be I see “large and in charge” I see “skin and bones” I see “freckles” I see “acne” I see “wrinkles” In my eyes, I see everything, other than the good in me Every flaw screams at me, claws at me Why me, why me? I look in the mirror, and now I see Me, me A girl I  A M I see “strong” I see “compassionate” I see…

Grounded

Grounded Alyssa Diamond The summer of 2017, I visited a 1900’s ghost town; a Dust Bowl remnant where the sky hangs heavy and dirt clouds its residents’ eyes. A town haunted by a silence that spoke. The rumble of old engines passed here and there, a clock tower rang on the hour, a lawnmower started— sleepy, domestic. It had been a long time since this town had put its grandeur to rest. I heard a meow behind me. A family of strays stood near a puddle contaminated with oil. I shooed the cats when they tried to drink from it,…

Wrinkles

Wrinkles Haley Monday feeling blue but told to smile. by my mother who reminded me that i’ll get wrinkles. not when i was a pre-teen not now when i’m seventeen but when i’m married, when i’m older, exhausted, and no longer as pretty. when i’ve delivered loyalty to my husband and children.   wrinkles will make him want to cheat on you.   guy advice on how to score. girl advice on how not to have him leave you for being yourself. my mother gives me advice on how to climb the corporate ladder by piggybacking on my boyfriend’s success….

Love & I Once Was an Eagle

“Love” & “I Once Was an Eagle” Abby Pace Love Heat envelops Bright translucent rays come You’re my sun   I Once Was an Eagle I was an eagle A creature who flew with the wind The sway of the trees was my guide The stillness of creation signaling me when to stop With wings made of muscles that propelled me forward Then there you were, admiring my elegance and beauty The way I would swoop to the river, just barely grazing above the water You slept to the tune of my call with its distinctness of joy You loathed…

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…