We/Canaries

by Keren Darancette That decade we spent trapped in a smoke cloud. We gathered beneath the black ceilings of the bar, joined hands as one mass of sadness  one destruction.  We became dingy birds, caged and yellow, we sat in our cages hung deep in the mine waiting to die, to absorb the poison before […]

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Bittersweet

by Ellie Lopez Honey / sweet water / fingertips / more than hands could feed / sliced lemon / sting / hands washed clean / want you around / like an open wound / salt on your cuts / tender to touch / honey over flesh / suck the bittersweet / spit the seeds out […]

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Reflection

by Maritza Ocampo She’s there the reckless spirit the one who got you  through so much bullshit the one you relied on to pull you out of the hole you dug yourself into  she’s there she hasn’t cracked she hasn’t left  she’s transforming letting different emotions filter through and settle in challenging you she’s waiting […]

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