Lost and Found by Haoyan Do

Lana always thought that she had lost Bala forever. Even before high school graduation, she knew the gap between her and Bala was so huge that it’d be impossible that they would be together again. For one thing, Bala’s parents were against their relationship. For another, Bala, after going out with Lana in 10th grade,…

You Made Me Take Drugs by Bogdan Dragos

“You made me take drugs,” she reproached him But he didn’t hear her over the pain in his lower belly “You made me take drugs,” she repeated. “Huh?” “And for this I’ve decided to replace you. With someone better, someone who would never make me do something I don’t feel right with.” He shook his…

Plink, Plink, Plink by Don Matthews

I sit upon my porcelain Throne and ponder, think I know what you are thinking What rhymes with think, yep, sink I think I must change washer In leaking tap in sink That’s next to me (it’s dripping) Plink, plink, plink You think I’m on my toilet Sitting, waiting, think It’s really all just make…

The Last Two Minutes of Humanity by Rahul Gaur

Everything we don’t know ages us. And because we don’t know a lot, we live so little. It is said that if we compressed the universe’s history in a 24 hour day, human life would come to fruition just 2 minutes before midnight. This is a truth that stays on the edges of our grey…

Ravenous by Charles Lyman

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before….” — Edgar Allan Poe Nietzsche didn’t get virtual reality, the benefit of mirrored aviators when fighting the demons of oneself. Becoming monsterly while combating evil shows a decided lack of lyrical aesthetic.  Dance in toe…

Colourblind by Britta Benson

So what exactly are you meant to do, when you wish to spruce up your home a little – and let’s be frank here right from the start! All I intended to do was to paint a few walls, pick a new rug, perhaps a few scatter cushions, nothing major, just a cheap and cheerful…

The Building was still Unfinished by Bogdan Dragos

They will never finish the building It would stay in its skeletal form forever because the government is corrupt but then they all are so it wasn’t the grandest tragedy of the world It was a fun place for the kids A place where they pretended to be monkeys and did parkour and whatnot A…

Rules by Don Matthews

(True story – I was a university student.  My father a preacher.) I went to university Questioned all the rules Wondered why some followed them Looking like such fools Follow rules by all means Those which do make sense Don’t follow blindly all the sheep Cos many just plain dense Question question question I was…

Justine Henin’s Backhand: Music of the Spheres by David Linebarger

I watch Justine in slow motion, the transfer of weight from back to front foot, the coiling uncoiling of the legs the hips the shoulders the core. (Is it true she did a thousand sit ups a day?) Justine’s one-handed backhand, “the most beautiful shot in tennis” (John McEnroe). If all life could be as…

Earth by Diana Menezes

What if the mountains did more than just expand their chest?What if the rivers carried secrets andnot just tears of withering hearts?Does a moon lend its lightonly in darkness anddo leaves fall to show us how to let go?Do stars speak through their glimmer,is that why we gasp as they   tumble out of the sky?Is…

Convenient Truths by Susan Richardson

She is a tapestry of fiction, a cloak constructed from convenient truths. Her sentiment slithers, a hissing whisper in my ear, dripping in strands of insincerity that creep down my neck. Her memories are fabrications, shoved into the back of her mouth to keep the truth from coming out. A vain attempt at gobbling up…

Just an Illusion by Bogdan Dragos

like it’s been painted a million times, the room seemed smaller narrower suffocating. The window too small, the door too sturdy, ceiling too low and the generator of the illusion stood across from her on the bed He’s been around for a year and six months Result of her first and surely last non-aborted pregnancy…

Publisher Wanted by Don Matthews

I’m looking for a publisherA rhymy-loving typeWho wants to increase readership(I also offer skype) There are no skyping rhymers(Who offer two for one)I’ll skype for you both day or nightBuy me (before I’m done) Although my rhyme’s oft silly-likeThere’s serious undertonesA flippant/serious comboWaiting to get known See the one in TO BE? That’s me… -DON…

All Dogs Go to Heaven by Brenda Colbath

The noisy intersection was filled with people hurrying and ignoring fellow travelers. They were abruptly yanked from their reverie when they heard the screech of brakes and a sickening thud! The victim’s scream was mercifully short! Onlookers froze in horror at the sight of the victim crumpled under the bus. “Oh, my God, he just…

Half a dozen of the other, or: Jew by David Bogomolny

Tassels swinging as they walk to the Wall on Saturdays;       perhaps not. It depends,       you know. Some wear frock       coats so you wouldn’t       know it;       plus- tassels probably don’t swing much under heavy polyester. I went abroad to teach a group of secular Jews       from Russia       in Georgia….

Three 100 Words Stories by Patricia Furstenberg

INSPIRATION: SPIDER-MAN THE FABLE It was all he could think of. The Spider-Man suit in the Masquerade Rental Shop. Mom retreated two steps at its musty scent and asked for a prince’s cape. And a crown studded with jewels. Lice-free, guaranteed, and 50% off. He’d won Best Costume at Dress-up Day, thanks to Mom who…