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  • Falling Missiles – Sarah Prindle

    1991, Petah-Tikva, Israel To the person shooting missiles at my country, You don’t know me, but my name is Naomi Abraham. I don’t know who you are, how old you are, what you look like, or what your favorite color is. I don’t know why you want to kill me. But just so you know,…

  • His Eyes – Krista Guillen

    As I fell I could only hear my screams. The birds that I heard when we first came, the crickets singing their melody all drowned out by the deafening sound leaving my lips. Though the fall should’ve lasted a few seconds I experienced it as minutes, hours, days. Questioning my judgment, questioning his intentions, questioning…

  • Unicorn in the Garden – Edward L. Woodyard

    A Fable by Edward L. Woodyard Inspired by I Corinthians 13 A happy man walked alone through a large garden one starry night. A unicorn appeared and approached him. “Why are you happy?” the unicorn asked. “I’m in love,” said the man. “Why do you wander in the garden?” “I’m trying to find the meaning…

  • The Mystery Of The Missing Honey – Amaani H Sa’dia

    Once upon a time, there was a family of Bees. One day, they went out looking for honey. At first, they couldn’t find any honey but then they spotted some honey by an old oak tree. They collected the honey and put it into little jars, and then they went home. The next morning, Mama…

  • November – Brian Cravens

    Today, I saw my father buried. Yesterday, it was the woman I gave my heart to twelve years earlier on a sunlit day amidst a vale of fragrant springtime flowers. The only person in my life I was capable of experiencing a full and rich life with, who made me better at living and dreaming.…

  • BLUE SUNSETS – Breanna Coe

    The soft pink of the sky washed the day in an ethereal haze. It wasn’t sunset, not even close, but the sky was pink. A cheery cherry pink, that reminded me of blush on cheeks and raspberry lip gloss. I stared at it through thick alumino-silicate glass that let in just pinkish-gold light to give…

  • Waist Deep – Hayden Moore

    ‘The weird sisters, hand in hand, Posters of the sea and land, Thus do go about, about: Thrice to thine, and thrice to mine, And thrice again, to make up nine’ (William Shakespeare: Macbeth, Act I scene iii) At the hour when the shade lay least on the wooded shore, the girl walked on the…

  • Let It Burn – Robert Vaughn

    Dear Whoever This Is, Mankind fucked up, one last time. This isn’t some cautionary tale about what we should have done, or a recipe for what we should do next. Too late for that. It’s just a story about how our final, fatal mistake started, what happened, and where it will end. How did it…

  • Godspeed – Phillip Matthew Wendt

    At thirteen-thousand feet Nick feels like a God. He is an atheist, but looking down on the world like he is God seems to be a fitting title. He is reminded of himself as a boy, towering over antbeds with his magnifying glass. He cast down fire and destroyed cities with a quick kick of…

  • The Cold Toed Giant – Justin Alcala

    In the old, half-forgotten times, before the gardens of Shinrone were overrun with weeds, there lived a Cold Toed Giant along a frozen mountain. Every sunrise, the behemoth yawned morning thunder before skewing boars on a pine tree for breakfast. Each afternoon he bathed in his favorite lake, racing the fresh water whales for sport.…

  • Tom’s Tailors – Anna Chu

    At 672 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN sits Tom’s Tailors, a small-business opened up by Nghĩa “Tom” Chu back in 1993. He started the business on his own, a feat I expect had its share of blood, sweat, and tears. The beginning of the business and my father in general remains a mystery to me…

  • Sunset Lullaby – Desiree Kendrick

    “Can we go? Can we?” I pant, ignoring my stale breath.   My knobby knees bounce. I’m eager to explore the nearby ant pile.   She doesn’t stir. Her eyes linger on the horizon. Statuesque.   “Come on, already. If you’ve seen five sunsets, you’ve seen them all.”   We’ve done this trek repeatedly. Every…

  • Kirishitan – Sarah Prindle

    Nagasaki, Japan, 1614         I grew up hearing the story of how faith brought my parents together.       Father was born and raised in a distant land, Portugal, far from the familiar oceans and mountains of my Japanese homeland. From an early age, he was told he must become a…

  • An Unknown Soldier – Ed Woodyard

    The helmet was placed on an open Bible atop an altar of a small, rural American church. It was there to symbolize the universal soldier. The helmet was a German pickelhaube retrieved from a battlefield in eastern France, most probably on June 6, 1918. It was dingy now, its polished black-leather luster having faded over…

  • Ice Cream – Holley Ziemba

    “When are you going back to college?” Eat a spoonful of ice cream. “Early August. In a few weeks.” “Excited?” Another. “Yeah, I guess.” “Ah.” Two more. “You?” Put the spoon in the half-empty bowl of ice cream. Stare at it. See the flies from the corner of your eye. Swat them away from the…

  • The Mug – Katherine Haley

    The mug is everywhere. It comes in an endless amount of shapes and sizes, colors and patterns. You can own one, twenty, one hundred, and so on. The mug can contain coffee, or tea, or hot chocolate, or alcohol depending on your poison. The mug exists inside and outside of the home. It can be…

  • Mary Jane Cobbler – Jaden Rose

    Blood-red shots in glasses lined the wooden bar top. Outside dust swirled faintly, like ocean waves when they meet the sand, dying down and rising up again. Inside was mostly dust-free, except for cracks in the floorboards and little rims along the window sills. The glasses were always dust-free though. Al made sure of that.…

  • Angel Splinters – Chris Cleary

    Angel Splinters        Daddy’s cigarette smoke snakes through the branches of the white plastic Xmas tree. The dust of Route 11 kicked up by his flight spatters the ornaments and chokes the cherub atop surveying the scene below. Confusion balls up little Angie’s face. She could have caught all the dust and kept…

  • Kakku – Karen Frederick

    Kakku   “Get to Shore” We floated lifeless among pieces of our lives.  Sky and sea were black. The wind had died down a bit, the current curled ‘round our waists and pushed us further and further into the unknown.   By morning we found ourselves beached like great fish on a rocky black sand…

  • Donna Swift – Charles O’Donnell

      Donna Swift        Carl felt like he’d dropped into a sixties sitcom.      Fifteen minutes before the start of class, Carl sat alone, reciting a silent pep talk. He’d visited colleges many times during his career, often in his official capacity as CEO of a global company, twice to enroll daughters,…