POETRY & PROSE, WORLD ISSUES

The Graveyard of Empires

Featured Image: Alizeh Ahmad We will win. We will win. We will win. We will win. “It is in our nature, in our blood” Sticks and stones will break my bones When stones are beaten into the skulls of children for 40 years. When sticks are stabbed into the sockets of men, women, and children. […]

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FEMINISM, OPINION, POETRY & PROSE

Power or Peace?

Featured Illustration: Hepburn Shire Council I was looking through my journal from this past February 2021 and while most of it was begging the universe for a puppy, or to meet the Avengers cast, this one thought stuck out to me, and I thought it would be best to write about it briefly. I should […]

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CULTURE, POETRY & PROSE

My Roots

Featured Image: Kart-e-Sakhi shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan I am a tree My roots run 10000 km East My roots run to the kites in Kabul My roots run to the breeze in Parwan My roots run to the pomegranate trees in Kandahar My roots run to the Buddha statues in Bamyan My roots run to […]

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MENTAL HEALTH, POETRY & PROSE

I hope you find it

Featured Illustration: Batel Silverberg computer screens and business deals, overly friendly women in bright lipstick and men with glum faces and too much designer, selling you a lifestyle self-care won’t be found by listening to harsh motivational speeches that leave you depleted won’t be found in the bottom of your wallet buying things you don’t […]

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POETRY & PROSE, WORLD ISSUES

Greed

Featured Illustration: To Ni, ‘The Price of Greed’ Let me tell you a story Of strong voracity and straight-up hypocrisy Let me tell you a story Where it’s people with their things versus people with nothing Let me tell you a story Of a society filled with greed that doesn’t feed those in grave need […]

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POETRY & PROSE

What I Found In The Antique Shop

In an antique shop that doesn’t belong here or anywhere There in one feeble glass case that looks like it will surely shatter and collapse to the floor when I touch it with the pad of my finger  Are the relics of some woman’s jewelry case coated in a thick layer of dust A locket […]

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CULTURE, FEMINISM, POETRY & PROSE

Eponym/Legacy

Featured Artwork: ‘The Prophet’s Daughters’, a series by Gheorghe Virtosu Sometimes people don’t recognize my name They hear it and say it’s unique It’s an old Arabic name, I tell them What does it mean, they ask I tell them I’m not sure, as far as I know it doesn’t mean anything And then after […]

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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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