We are Gardeners by Britta Benson

This is the story of the loam, where everything is grown or not, here’s our lot, a bucket full of oddshaped miscellanea that would never make it to a shop, let alone the fancy farmers’ market. This is our produce, the pride of our place: Sickly green tomatoes with varicose veins, blotchy potatoes, warts and…

Dinnerplate Identities by Britta Benson

We all eat. Food comes and goes, always available, yet often, more of an afterthought, a side show, consumed in a rush. I see people in the street wolfing down a sandwich while speaking on the phone, no respect, no regret. Let’s stop here and linger. I’ve got something to tell you.  This is the…

Picnic and A Crow by Joni Caggiano

in the glee of a sapphire sky, the sun plays leapfrog with a cloud cake chinwags to cheese falling off the family’s tattered picnic table landing by hungry carpenter ants grateful to be done building a stable boys swerving on a swing sitting sideways long ago nailed to an oak wrestling, like a couple of…

Collective Heritage by Joni Caggiano

sparkling eyes jump to blue skies laughter cracking like popcorn off pinecones while the sun sighs an echo, a reflection of my face joy creates sunbeams in her smile a bald eagle spots us in this place new roots toss footballs with dad blankets of earth’s carpet supple vibrating with merriment, now sad as end…

How Teenage Life Changed by Saania Saxena

Being a highly social generation, the pandemic sure changed our lives in ways nobody could ever have imagined from online schooling, to trying lockdown recipes, to video calling our loved ones to name a few. We, teenagers, are at a stage in our lives where we rely on and are heavily invested in social interactions….