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“Fashion”

February 21, 2020 4:40pm | Ter Soe

I can never forget my childhood moments. We were a bunch of idiots running around the neighborhood. Well not exactly “Idiots.” Just a bunch of irresponsible kids. I didn’t even notice, until thinking about it now. God’s mercy, we could’ve died behind our parent’s neck. […]

“I’m Ellie Now”

February 20, 2020 5:44pm | Marissa Yeager

“Honey, I’m home come on out, look what I got for you,” she squealed, “you’re going to love it.” “Mom, I swear, if it’s another pack of mens boxers then I don’t want it,” I walked furiously to the front room, “I already told yo-,” […]

“Eucomopia”

February 20, 2020 5:40pm | Hana Johnson

Thomas often quoted himself as a deliberation of the loner society, just by the way he walked around, the intimidating look on his face would somehow be a vouch for why he didn’t have many friends. However, watching by the way he dragged himself about […]

Keyboard

February 12, 2020 7:51pm | Harmony Stone

Pink rose to my cheeks as I was called up. It was my turn but I couldn’t help but be nervous as hell. I couldn’t resist, much to my own trepidation. My sister wheels me to the ramp, and I am moved to the round […]

“No Running on the Pool Deck!” by Esther Dolatowski

January 28, 2020 9:32pm | Esther Dolatowski

“No Running on the Pool Deck!” Arms shivering, legs quivering. A cool breeze gusted upon damp skin creating a dispersion, causing millions of tiny little goosebumps. A place of warm comfort turned into a cool nightmare. I timidly walked up to the queue, my stride […]

“Walls” by Anonymous

January 28, 2020 9:30pm | Anonymous Student

I used to think the city walls kept us safe, kept the horrible outside world from getting in, but I realize now that that’s wrong. I lived in the city they called F-20.06. My moms used to live in H-district before they emigrated to F-district […]

“Sweet Learning” by Henry May

January 28, 2020 9:28pm | Henry May

Sweet Learning As the sky begins to turn dark, the air gets colder. Summer is almost at its end with the weather changing, mainly teetering on the edge of fall. It’s not exactly warm but you couldn’t call it cold either; a nice balance to […]

“Glass” by Anonymous

November 25, 2019 3:34pm | Anonymous Student

A girl made out of glass Had cracked skin and broken bones Bones made out of gold. Her veins pulled liquid white and black, A heart made out of diamond.    She cried each night for every lover, Love and pain and hate and rage. […]

“The Problem with Remembering” by Anonymous

November 25, 2019 3:34pm | Anonymous Student

The other day I went back to a place I once lived.  A community 2 hours south of here, where I once felt safe.  The streets, the houses, the school, all the time.  Only this time I was an observer.  I observed the person I […]

“Doors Close” poem by Vera Zoey Armentrout

November 25, 2019 3:32pm | Vera Zoey Armentrout

I sit deep in thought, About how those doors close, About all that I was taught, And how she’s holding a rose.   Finally I rose to hear the news, Dad comes in the room, To tell me that a door will close, And she […]

“The Story of Maleficent” by Holly Eubanks

October 22, 2019 6:38pm | Holly Eubanks

SCENARIO The fractured fairy tale written below is an eccentric take on the popular story of “Sleeping Beauty”. While most know the story to end with Princess Aurora finding her true love through a kiss after she is wickedly struck by Maleficent- the fractured version […]

Fractured Fairy Tale by Kendall Lunsford

October 21, 2019 3:40pm | Kendall Lunsford

My name is Rumplestiltskin. I have dwarfism, so people make fun of me a lot, but it’s all fun and games till they want something from me. That’s why I left my village many years ago, following the trails of desperation. I found a scent […]

“High School Snow White” by Anonymous

October 21, 2019 3:38pm | Anonymous Student

Emily walked out the front door of her house, fuming with rage. If only her mom had been a little less vain and self-absorbed, she could have gotten a  ride to school. But her mom’s extensive beauty routine had taken much longer than expected, so […]

“A Maleficent Chain of Events” by Taylor Hargate

October 21, 2019 3:37pm | Taylor Hargate

I arrived at King Stefan and Queen Leah’s castle during the christening of their newborn daughter, Aurora. I soon became enraged as I saw hundreds of heads turning toward me as I entered through the corridor; it had already started and I was not informed. […]

“The Shirt” by Jay Jaworski

October 9, 2019 3:38pm | Jay Jaworski

Last night I was on the internet, and I saw these teenagers with colorful spiky hair. They wore rubber bracelets that were covered in band names and graphic tees that if you looked at them for too long, I swear your eyes would probably melt. […]

“Lost Colors” by Jackie Branch

October 9, 2019 1:32pm | Jackie Branch

I sift through my dresser drawers for the umpteenth time, my fingers passing through layers of cotton and vinyl. My routine, our routine. My dust-colored eyes take in the blurred, monochrome tones we all wear everyday. I sigh, and settle for the short gray school […]

“Humble Gold” by Harmony Stone

September 30, 2019 8:24pm | Harmony Stone

“How can anyone be so lonely?” The stars peak out in the sky, creating their own little constellations in the black depths. Each twinkle, speaking in their own language. Yet, Daffodil slithers to her knees. Her chest, on this night, has weighed her down, as […]

Character Sketches with Dialogue by Vera Zoey Armentrout

September 16, 2019 3:10pm | Vera Zoey Armentrout

Character Sketches: Collio Collio was found on the planet Collior, it is a planet based nearly entirely off of war. Collior was founded by Collio itself, and it is approximately 789 years of age, based out of Jupiter’s time from whence it came. It has […]

Vignette by Mike Drewke

September 12, 2019 6:32pm | Mike Drewke

A guitar is an instrument that has six strings on it and is made out of wood. However, this instrument is so much more than just a chunk of wood with dusty strings on it. This guitar is a story in the making. Every little […]

“Bar Night” by Jackie Branch

September 12, 2019 4:30pm | Jackie Branch

The restaurant was quite lonely that evening, the collective hum of drunk men and women dying down in volume as the night continued. I was sitting by myself at the bar, doing nothing new and nursing a half-empty glass of whiskey when these two young […]

“Abandoned House of Books” by Jackie Branch

September 12, 2019 4:29pm | Jackie Branch

I wake up gasping for air, the smell of flames and smoke stinging my nose. I glance around the dim area, the last images of the fire licking at the photos and window curtains fading from my mind. I shake my head to forget the […]

“Tracks to the Shack” by Jay Jaworski

September 12, 2019 4:28pm | Jay Jaworski

The night was quiet as Sara walked along the railroad tracks, gravel crunching beneath her old off-brand shoes. The silence was eerie, but she actually quite liked how she could hear the howls of the wind pass by her ears. It made a shiver run […]

“Guitar Notes” by Jackie Branch

September 3, 2019 5:04pm | Jackie Branch

His yelling became a quiet purr after a few minutes. The drops of saliva turned to tears as he opened his arms for a hug, sobbing apologies. Goosebumps form on skin, hands turn cold. This bedroom, once a comforting place filled to the brim with […]

“The Watcher” by Kennedy Ball

August 29, 2019 5:31pm | Kennedy Ball

The Watcher She watches from the shadow, staring from the darkest corner of the room. She is a monster, something from a nightmare. She watches the room at all hours of the day. She’s an insomniac who gets energy from the fear of the people […]

“The Beach” by Jay Jaworski

August 29, 2019 5:30pm | Jay Jaworski

Soft, tiny grains of sand squished between my toes as I walked along the seashore. The sun was setting, and the sky was full of color. Orange and magenta almost blended together as they made a gradient into the navy night sky. The wind blew […]

“The Silence” by Sara Jarecke

May 17, 2019 6:59pm | Sara Jarecke

  She was eagerly unpacked when I got there, her case sitting wide open.  Feet dangling over the edge of the stage, she was holding the music, copper eyes skimming over it like it was a treasure map that led to a hidden stash of […]

Veteran commits suicide outside VA Hospital

May 2, 2019 5:21pm | McKenzie Lane

The United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is required by law to provide eligible veterans hospital care and outpatient care services that are defined as “needed.” VA defines “needed” as care or service that will promote, preserve, and restore health. This includes treatment, procedures, supplies, […]

Original Sketches by Jackie Branch

April 1, 2019 2:58pm | Jackie Branch

“Silence” by Jackie Branch

March 27, 2019 6:55pm | Jackie Branch

Silence… The night is the only closest thing to perfection in our broken world… “Come on, it’s pitch dark out here. Get in,” Beth opens the window and quietly tells me. A flame sparks in my heart at her voice, telling me what to do […]

“Hybrids” written by Isaac Ferrato Illustrated by Morgan Neumarker and Liam Meszaros

March 5, 2019 3:30pm | Written by Isaac Ferrato Illustrated by Morgan Neumarker and Liam Meszaros

 I was walking to the newly opened ice cream shop on W 117th. It was actually quite old but my friend Abe, and his friend Gavin salvaged it, and opened up a new Ice cream shop. It was quite the attraction because well I mean […]

“Ellie” written by Madison Pedley Illustrated by Kallie Mitchell

March 1, 2019 7:42pm | Written by Madison Pedley Illustrated by Kallie Mitchell

She was a gift to me. The cute little elephant statue that sits on my kitchen windowsill. My grandmother gave her to me when I was 7. She told me if I really believed, she had magical powers. As a child, I believed that I […]

“Cal’s Day Off” Written by Anonymous Illustrations by Madison Viccaro

February 28, 2019 7:51pm | Author: Anonymous Illustrator: Madison Viccaro

The past century is best described as an era of destruction. The wasteful and self-cannibalizing acts of humanity have laid utter waste to the biosphere, shrinking what was once a vast number of unique and beautiful species into a small handful of only the most […]

“Ninja by Night” written by Sara Jarecke Illustrations by Logan Snyder

February 28, 2019 2:23pm | Author: Sara Jarecke Drawings: Logan Snyder

Meerkat by day, ninja by night. Everyone else in my mob likes to make fun of me, but it’s not like I see them doing anything to help.  They whine and complain about the lack of space in our current enclosure, but are too big […]

Character Sketches with Dialogue by Sara Bitter

February 14, 2019 2:59pm | Sara Bitter

  Character Sketch #1 Maya had never particularly stood out from the crowd. That was intentional on her part. She has always had the strange ability to divert attention away from herself. It was almost supernatural, but if you were to mention that, you would […]

“Body Language” by Madison Pedley

February 4, 2019 7:53pm | Madison Pedley

They walked together every single day, James and Sarah. They were practically inseparable. Everyone at school knew they’d been dating since freshman year, and if anybody from this crappy high school would grow up and live happily ever after it would be the two of […]

“Rain Dance” by Sara Jarecke

January 8, 2019 7:51pm | Short Story

I can’t play with Gracie today.  Mommy says that all the aliens have to stay inside. I asked her why, and she said that they can’t touch the rain.  I asked her why, and she said because. And I don’t know what that means, because […]

“There was a girl” by Anonymous

November 27, 2018 6:19pm | Anonymous Student

There was a girl Whose head was always in a swirl Her thoughts never the same She’s crazy, people would claim She loved music Acted like it would take away the bruises But when the music stopped Her thoughts again began to flock And she […]

“You” by Jackie Branch

November 21, 2018 12:38am | Jackie Branch

I don’t deserve you I never deserved your kindness I’m poisonous, but you see me harmless You being with me is timeless   I’m getting better I really am trying I wouldn’t be here Without your support undying   Lots of others Pushed me down […]

“Loneliness” by Jackie Branch

November 21, 2018 12:37am | Jackie Branch

I am in a crowd But no one notices me I am so alone

“I woke up to find” by Annika Cook

November 20, 2018 3:58pm | Annika Cook

I woke up to find My dear heart ripped apart I had lost what was mine Gone was my sweetheart   Within the same week They both had died They had been taken away from me I wore black and cried   My dear loved […]

“I Am” by Annika Cook

November 20, 2018 3:57pm | Annika Cook

I am an overthinker I am a lover I am a dreamer I am a fighter I am shy I am loud I am dry I am proud I am interesting I am restless I am distancing I am reckless I am young I am […]

“Identity” by Annika Cook

November 20, 2018 3:56pm | Annika Cook

She is straight and he is too I am a bit different   But a person just like you We are all magnificent   I am pansexual You are bi He is asexual It’s ok we don’t know why   People can be tran Some […]

“Fall of the Berlin Wall” Anonymous Student

November 20, 2018 3:55pm | Anonymous Student

A symbol of political divide Torn down by the people who stood by Bits and pieces lay in the hands of many With its message still heard clear Wire touches hands Its marks torn into skin People have open arms Tears stream with joy, at […]

“The Sight of Winter” Anonymous Student

November 20, 2018 3:54pm | Anonymous Student

Clouds have pockets of grey With the sky littered with white Grass is flooded Branches hang empty Stems lay frosted Lights swing back and forth Church bells ring But no people are to be seen

“Butterfly” by Kennedy Ball

November 20, 2018 3:53pm | Kennedy Ball

  I flap my wings and fly free. I flap around in the summer breeze. The rays of the sun hitting me, warming me, making me feel… Happy. The rainy days are the dark days. I watch you stare blankly out your window. The thunder […]

“This was not the end of you” by Morgan Ball

November 20, 2018 3:51pm | Morgan Ball

We walked the streets together, Sharing laughs and smiles. You are long gone now, and I’m alone. These memories I remember, stick in my mind, My heart falls each time. I recover from his death. As time goes on we all forget, We all get […]

“Meet Me” by Cristina Donnelly

November 20, 2018 3:50pm | Cristina Donnelly

I want you to meet me. Meet me at the highest peak of the tallest mountain, Or deep in the jungle where the vines coil around trees. Meet me at the beach; The place where the sand and the sea meet. You can meet me […]

“My Heart” by Cristina Donnelly

November 20, 2018 3:49pm | Cristina Donnelly

I don’t know why my heart does things like this. Falling for people I have no chance with. It sends me in to an endless abyss. I use to think these cases were a myth. I always seemed to be a lucky one. Never having […]

“Mismatched” by Sara Jarecke “Sew Me a Story” Writing Contest

November 8, 2018 7:46pm | Sara Jarecke

It had been there all my life, as far back as I can remember.  Considering how old it was, it was a wonder as to why it was there on the rocking chair (which was also ancient) and not shoved in a box in the […]

“A New Sleeping Beauty” by Grace Alven

October 22, 2018 3:45pm | Grace Alven

We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty. The happily ever after that comes at the end. Yeah, no. There was a happily ever after for a little while, but it didn’t last long. Aurora and Phillip got married and had one baby girl. Her […]