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Paint Has a Sound

Deafness has me in her crosshairs. I feel her breath in my ear. Chasing me down a dark alley, I the prey. Footsteps behind me I felt, not heard. Invading my space, rearranging my place, the world I knew, now replaced. Not a startling noise in years has caused me …

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Flash Fiction

The Old Board

“I won again. Fifth time in a row!” Raghav turned to Suli. The grand announcement came from the frail ten-year-old, playing board with three other girls. “That’s great!” “It’s so simple! I cross over my opponent’s piece, and then it’s mine. Right?” She stroked her dull hair and gave a …

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Poetry

Quicksilver

Late December evening, mild as May,my dog and I take our familiar path,to the new villas at the edge of town,glimmering with lights to welcome Christmas in. On the vacant plot next to the last white house,a horse is tethered near a half-built wall.Shadow shifts on shadow and reveals two …

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Poems & Stories

The Trains

Trains go forwardWhatever it takesNo way is awkwardNo time for breaks. Whether it rainsOr burning sunNo stop for trainsUntil it’s done. Twenty four / sevenAll …

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The Scouring Screen

They sit intimately together Upon a couch of fluff, The feathers of past life, And enjoy the lack of company. One is being entertained; So …

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Silent Screams in the Darkness

Silent Screams in the Darkness

Smoke in the darkness. It filled my nose, the acrid taste dry on my tongue. I blinked, once. Twice. Some distant part of my brain, …

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When They Say You Are Too Much

From the beginning, it was a farce. The passion I thought he felt for me came from the pills he was secretly taking. His lust …

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Honeybee

it’s quite distractingtrying to go about my normal lifewhen there is so much sun to bathe inand the hum of love is so loud.your name …

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Energy Flows Where Attention Goes

Energy flowswhere attention goeswhat you focus onsurely grows Being consciousof this factmakes life simpleyet complex For human emotionsare always at playshaping our thoughtsalong the way …

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Grieve

How might I mourn the end of this?Funerals are required and tears and painand broken stars, as stories told,are procedures of written time.But dare I …

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Vulnerable Who?

The professional assignment brought two complete strangers together. She had appeared vulnerable revealing everything about her failed marriage. He always gave her emotional support while …

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The Old Beggar

The Old Beggar

The beauty and freedom of Friday scented the whole air.I strolled down inhaling breaths of excellence through the famed Milford street,light blue skies stretched the …

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Unfathomable

Unfathomable is the smile that will no longer be smiled Unfathomable is the hug that will no longer be hugged Unfathomable is the kiss that …

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Tall Glass of Water

A woman’s body is not a thing, claimed, it cannot be. It is more than a concept; it is a situation. A woman’s body is …

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Paint Has a Sound

Deafness has me in her crosshairs. I feel her breath in my ear. Chasing me down a dark alley, I the prey. Footsteps behind me …

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Waiting

Years ago, at the start of the internet era, I booked a flight from Regina to Vancouver, with a brief touch-down in Calgary. When we …

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It’s a White Christmas After All

George Martin stepped into his Santa suit and prepared for his final night of magic making. He had played the jolly old elf for more …

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Dance of My Life

The music within is the best music of all. I hear it in my mind, guiding me. Inviting, tempting, exciting. My music changes along with …

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University Coffee

Cornered, suffocated (by multiple things), she stands in line for coffee. I watch her swallow a breath — I know what it smells like. She …

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Today

The energy radiates from a man Across the street – He flaunts his wide arms Letting them go aimlessly As if he owns this place. …

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State Prison Fog Day

Dense fog over the Bay: Other cars on the bridge Look gray, light and dark. Can’t see, can’t see Water below or shores or San …

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I Visited my Friend who is a Scientist

I visited my friend who is a scientistHe was so busy in the laboratory: ‘What are you doing?’ I asked “I am picking up the …

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Budapest by our guest writer Anna Claire

Budapest

you move to a small housethe side of a mountaina foreign countryto learn to be alone.butyou fall in love instead.he is kind, beautifulfull of light.you …

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Star Waltz

Scattered by the millionsSoiree through the night,Labor amidst glaring raysNone of them in sight. Radiating puissanceExplosions of the law,Yet we don’t believe themTheir signs ever-ignored. …

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Passion, Belief and Forgiveness

The church was empty, the stone scoured by fire, the bulging, sturdy red sandstone blackened by the fires that had been lit around it, the …

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Split in Half

When a home is in warall soldiers hold fort.You move to Fathers’ hand,I clutch Mothers’ leg.You watch his shamewhile I holdher broken trust.A fort divided;you …

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Seven Shadows

Seven shadows over me.A thirst for blood in scattered dreams.Hope. It burnt the heart of me,So now I’m empty. Stark and bleak.They scream and shout …

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