Our One True Constant

Our One True Constant by Rochelle Bauer Nineteen years old and ready to take on the world. I was invincible and had the world at my fingertips. I thought I knew all I needed to know to get through life. Oh, how naïve I was. There was so much to come—so much heartache, so manyContinue reading “Our One True Constant”

We Shall Endure

We Shall Endure by Gloria Hsu I don’t know how to deal with this pain so the pain deals with me. By overtaking my body in fits of sobbing that come from somewhere deeper than I can reach myself, a hidden place known only to the pain itself. Only pain itself can tolerate it orContinue reading “We Shall Endure”

New Rhythms

New Rhythms by Sonia Abraham Among the bare winter-worn trees, a flock of starlings lifts from their roosting spot. They loom across the sky like a thin black lace veil. They change directions, forming new shapes with every movement. The flock contracts into a heart, then stretches across the sky in a long, sinewy band,Continue reading “New Rhythms”

Silent Guardians

Silent Guardians by Lucy Allen In the dawn’s gray light of winter, they stand at the edge of the pond. Tall and white, I catch the sight of the hardwoods; now bare. They seem to stretch from heaven to earth, how the scene implores me to stare. As I study this picture of dark andContinue reading “Silent Guardians”

Beautiful Death

Beautiful Death by Bethany Jarmul Leaves floating, falling, resting, returning to dust hedgehogs hibernate, monarchs migrate, crickets croak their last song A bride’s gown blankets rooftops, lace clings to branches, tickles noses, adorns eyelashes Stillness grows like icicles, drop by drop in the silence, much is spoken Breathing pristine frigid air, remembering the bloody birthContinue reading “Beautiful Death”

Shelter and Refuge

Shelter and Refuge by Vina Mogg Almost one century ago my home was built on a post and pier foundation above the sands of the sea. This tiny wooden cottage fitted together from pieces of tongue and groove ship lap has weathered many storms, winds, and rain. Like an ark suspended above the waters, itContinue reading “Shelter and Refuge”


Soul-Stirring by Darcie J. Fuqua Who made me to live this way? My heart outside my chest tears fall as the violinist finishes her solo. Envious not of the soul that does not stir coarse sand sifts through my toes; I embrace the warmth. How do I find focus? In the blur One only needsContinue reading “Soul-Stirring”

Winter Grace

Winter Grace by Abigail Alleman I drove 1100 miles up the eastern central part of the U.S. My husband travelled in front of me as he chatted with our oldest child. I was keeping peace between the younger two as we caravanned on the interstate roads. So much transpired in a little more than threeContinue reading “Winter Grace”