FEMINISM, POETRY & PROSE

Ugly Patriarchy

Woman, they say Your breasts get larger each day! It is now time  To find a man, they conclude Hands clasped together As if my fate is already agreed upon A fate written by the tears of mothers, Grandmothers, aunties, and cousins Engraved into our family history This long-held tradition Of tying our women up […]

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FEMINISM, MENTAL HEALTH, POETRY & PROSE

Stereotypes

Featured Image: Lucxama Sylvain Aged eleven I knew Black was not beautiful That my 4c coils, dark brown skin, and protruding curves Made me too big, loud, and ugly Not blond enough, small enough, or white enough I was a sore thumb in a sea of white A sidekick in some white girl’s life Nice […]

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LGBTQ+, POETRY & PROSE

Bad Love and Old Lies

She was proud. That much she knew. Lying in the hot Italian sun she turned once again watching as the world whirled and became submerged in the rose tint of her pink sunglasses. She smiled to herself hearing the screams of her friends as they splashed in the water becoming teenagers once again. Your pride […]

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EMPOWERMENT, LGBTQ+, MENTAL HEALTH

An Exciting Life for the Depressed Mind

Trigger Warning: Mentions of suicidal thoughts and depression . . . My depression began at the age of twelve. I remember looking up one morning after I had washed my face wishing I were dead. It seemed that a tired dejected little Black girl’s face followed me around. Only her face has now grown into […]

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MENTAL HEALTH, POETRY & PROSE

Most Days

Some days chase me  Making me run from the Devil himself Though even the Devil doesn’t make me run as far Knowing Depression can knock my very breath away With just one thought. But some days chase me anyway Making me some nervous shell Of the confident woman I pretend to be. This strong beautiful […]

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MENTAL HEALTH, POETRY & PROSE

Princess

I wear glittering jewels around my neck Though all they remind me of Is the weight of such a sour love A love like rotten cream That curdled long ago Under the heat of your hate Of my innocent wholeness. So determined to break me In order to convince yourself The best cups to drink […]

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MENTAL HEALTH, POETRY & PROSE

Former Angels

Featured Image: Paulo Nicolello They tell us to hold on As if that ever stopped homes from washing away From a rushing flood Or stopped a plane From crashing down to Earth In a blaze of fire and fear. But our wings were sawed-off And we fell from the high Heavens Not in a flurry […]

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POETRY & PROSE, RELIGION

Muslim Enough

Featured Illustration: Shehzil Malik They ask me Are you fasting? Then look on with suspicion When I say no Waiting for some explanation As to why I’m not quite This caricature of a Muslim woman They’ve put together in their heads From scraps on the news, TV shows, movies, And their general opinion Of what […]

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LGBTQ+, POETRY & PROSE

Funeral for my Straight Self

Featured Image: Laura Shannonhouse We are gathered here today The Masked Priest’s voice booms To celebrate the life Of this straight self Though voices wail And I open my eyes to peek Too curious to keep them shut And suddenly I see A hundred lovers so beautiful Though they weep draped in black, Gripping odd […]

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