The Nature of Change

Her steps turned to strides the moment her beige booties clapped against the cobbled road. Even her eyes shimmered––like pools of earl-gray brewing under the sun––before the marvelous sights that towered above her. She ducked under a branch stippled with cranberries and ascended the stone steps of the library just beyond. In an untouched corner,…

Ocean

I was in my seventh year of living, approaching the shore despite the brisk air and harshness of the lapping waves. I’d forgotten how to swim some years prior, but that fact never halted me from breathing in the beauty of the wild waters. The sky was bathed in clouds, like a bubblebath with too…

Passion in Paris

They sit with their backs against the spotless glass, bordering the cafés as if they’ve become one with the translucent substance as they sit. Though, they are not like reflections, but rather the beings who stare at the glass to see through. And even with their bodies benched outside, they watch everyday life as if…

Golden Summertime

Find me in the golden summertime With leaves no longer brass Follow me down along the green Where the flowers bloom in mass   Take your palm with flesh like silk And hold your hand in mine With irises like the bark of oak You’ll transcend the ache of time   I wait for you…

The Yellow Butterfly

Have you ever chased a yellow butterfly? Its wings like honey in the golden light Like amber silk caressing your skin Like the wealth of gold in your dreams   The temptation to abandon life For what you might feel For what you might have Teases you like the untouchable hue of its wings  …

The Strength Article

The waves collided and crashed in the distance. I rested on the bed of sand, sinking into the beige grains every instance I regretted to think. High above and some ways back, mountainous ridges held tourists scouting the land. Like adventurers in a new realm, they ogled at the sights and captured images of what…

The Balcony People

August 2016- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico The stars have been obscured by clouds and the moon is but a crescent form trying to break through the sky’s shadows. The music begins slowly, thrumming delightfully throughout the palace. The towering white castle glows with a surreal sharpness against the navy-shaded heavens. Balconies line every room in the…

If You Were Everything I Hoped You’d Be

If you were who you should have been My mind would be kinder And I wouldn’t feel so lost My tears would cease to spill And my smile would be genuine Instead of a half-hearted twist of lips   If you were as you should have been My heart would be fulfilled My eyes would…

Failure’s Toll

“We regret to inform you that your piece will not be accepted for publication.” My eyes saw the remainder of the text but my mind did nothing to configure the combinations of words and punctuations. I slammed my laptop shut and folded my knees to my chest, just sitting their in absolute silence. But it…

Stumbling Softly

The cheers of children sounded behind me like the calls of wild apes. My breaths were coming in jagged heaves, and my body was running on energy that ceased to exist until this very moment. I was way ahead of the rest of my competition, my feet barely skimming the ground like a gazelle running…