Tag: Discourse

Egg and Soldiers

Egg and Soldiers

Toby lies in pyjamas on the dew-damp lawn, tearing up grass. His eyes follow an ant as it surmounts a toppled dandelion, hauling a grain of rice spilled at last night’s silent supper. Toby grabs another tuft and observes his giant’s hand once more shake the creature from its landscape. Toby’s hungry but Mum’s in […]

Draig

Draig

They have no idea what I have been through. I am strong, I am resilient, I have been nothing and now I am everything. No words can hurt me. No stones can break me. Even the voices on the inside can’t hurt me. I have felt the highest highs and the lowest lows. I have […]

Noisy Neighbor

Noisy Neighbor

Slap. Loud slap. More loud slaps. She’s at it again. The skateboard girl from across the street is out in the middle of it, practicing her kickflip. Over and over she tries, but never gets it right.  She’s seven-ish, wears her helmet, and she never gives up. I never see her smile. All I see […]

Concealed

Concealed

I am sure nobody has ever been alright on their first day of senior year in high school. I am no exception, except my anxiety is probably a thousand times more than an average student’s. Racing heart? Check. Fast breathing? Check. Fumbling steps? Check. Walking into the new school, I pull the sleeves of my […]

I Love You

I Love You

There was silence in the church. The floor was a muted conflagration of stained-glass colors; the pews were all full; the air was thick with the sound of no sound at all. She sat at the piano, hands poised above the keys. Normally, she would be terrified right now. No piano in the world played […]

Recuperating

Recuperating

“For this exercise, I want you to recall a memory you have of a flower. It could be anything; the smallest, most seemingly insignificant fragment.” Everyone in the room shifts in their seats. No one wants to be here. Well, a few, but the majority would have traded a kidney just to get out of […]

For a New Life

For a New Life

The first step was difficult. His head throbbed in pain as he shouted out the command in his mind, shoving the distracting thoughts, the little devils whispering of an imminent failure, aside. The neural platform obeyed, and his artificial leg was raised into the air – only for the metallic ankle to twist unnaturally when […]

Grandpa

Grandpa

“Back then it was a village, not a city. I would hear the horses neigh and the racket of their hooves all night because they knew when bad weather was approaching. Hurricane Mitch was near, and the entire village hoped to be spared from its vandalism. That night when the eye of the hurricane was […]

Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool

I go to the swimming pool every day. Therapy’s too expensive. I go at five in the evening, when families have had enough and oldies get ready for bingo and funerals. It’s always empty. It’s an inside pool, a square of luminous blue water enclosed by tiled black walls. My alternate reality. I should do […]

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