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The Long Walk Home

The Long Walk Home

Twelve-year-old Rebekah grieves her parents’ stiffness and silence. They struggle with the language; they worry about their last name. They hurry home, afraid of being so different. They pass the forbidden tea room with its fancy cakes, the dress shop with flowing silks, the office that refused to hire her father, a window filled with […]

Peony

Peony

You burst into bloom like a sudden flash of illumination, elixir of spring. Quick, I must paint you! Explore your myriad shades of pink, frame you in silver, make you immortal. Quick, I must write of your furled blossoms and fragrance! Glorious haiku bright with promise – April’s shyness, May’s delight. Even now, amid happy […]

Especially Different

Especially Different

Parallelogram and Square pushed past Trapezoid. “Get your ugly, lopsided face out of our way,” shouted Square. “Leave him alone,” said Rhombus, “I don’t know why you two idiots always think you’re so special.” “Because we’re perfect! Look at us!” “Well,” said Isosceles Trapezoid, rolling her eyes. “I think you’re perfectly boring. And nobody ever […]

Jamie Lee

Jamie Lee

The scholarship allowed Jamie-Lee to attend a private school and dream of a better future. Her uniform helped her blend in and although she kept to herself, inviting no one to see the hovel that was her home, they could tell she was different anyway. Back home she was ridiculed for attending a “posh” school. […]

Himalayan Photo Shoot

Himalayan Photo Shoot

All my life I’ve searched for him – elusive, different, nearly extinct, magnificent. Click. Upload. Now he’s poised on the snow-covered ledge above me. Click. Upload. His sturdy body, with grey rosette spots, is framed by an impossibly blue sky. Click. Upload. He crouches, preparing to jump. I await my masterpiece – this proud and […]

Leaving Home

Leaving Home

Like a parachute, the seed of a dandelion sails across a meadow, leaving its flower-mother in search of emancipation. A Monarch caterpillar emerges from the minuscule egg its mother carefully attached underneath a milkweed leaf. As a pupa, it will dream about flying away. A baby opossum crawls up on its mother´s back, leaving her […]

Attitudes

Attitudes

A person talks to some men working in a quarry. One of them is moving slowly, apparently very exhausted and angry. “Cutting stones from this mountain,” he complains, “is a terrible job. It’s monotonous, extremely tiresome and pays very badly.” The man goes to a different worker doing the same job, but with a smile […]

Listen!

Listen!

“What do cicadas sound like?” asks sixteen-year-old Georgia, who wasn’t born last time they came. Everyone’s answer is different. “Like the song of an ice cream truck,” remembers twenty-year-old brother Bob. “Like the creak of a swinging hammock,” claims Dad, already planning where to hang theirs. “Like the clink of ice in fresh lemonade, served […]

The Peace Keeper

The Peace Keeper

Samuel eyed the present under the tree with trepidation. He attempted to return his parents’ smiles, wishing he had a brother so the responsibility wasn’t his alone. With trembling hands, he peeled back the paper. It was a toy truck, but the contents were never important. He focused instead on showing the exact amount of […]

She

She

She watched them go. Self-sufficient, self-absorbed, leaving the ravaged breakfast table resplendent in cereal boxes and dirty bowls. She couldn’t remember the last time they’d waved goodbye, let alone kissed her. She didn’t expect miracles from teenagers, but acknowledging her existence wouldn’t hurt. She was ignored unless they had a complaint. Each day they grew […]

Bonding

Bonding

“Come see!” Katya ran to look. “She offers us pearls, spun each morning in shades of dawn and dew,” Bear whispered, as he and Katya admired the glistening web. Denis watched and listened, pondering the mystery of Bear – fierce and protective one minute, tender and poetic the next. Bear walked toward Denis, his hands […]

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