The Body Speaks

The Body Speaks by Gina Butz The knots in my shoulders are where I store all my secrets all the unspoken emotions the burdens I wouldn’t give to someone else They live there, huddled together weighing me down If I could open them, a flood of a thousand tears would pour out The unspoken griefContinue reading “The Body Speaks”

Lamplit Windows

  Lamplit Windowsby Jennie Cesario           I stood once on a particular leaf-papered sidewalk, in a particularly quaint little harbor town, on a damp mid-autumn evening chilly enough for a jacket and a sweater. Across the street stood an old clapboard cape, its multi-paned windows a pleasing symmetry astride its wideContinue reading “Lamplit Windows”

The Gardener

The Gardener by Wemi Omotosho I’d heard it said. Rumours, whispers, conversations. Masses declared it. Proclamations of hope that He made all things new. I looked around the muck saw the mess and dirt. How can He make this new? Wanting to live like His daughter but failing to do better hypocrisy nipped at myContinue reading “The Gardener”

Awakened

  Awakened by Sarah Rennicke We are all meant to be. Someone. Something. A flash of light through thick, syrupy darkness.   We have been fastened together by dreams and shapes and symphonies, formed in the secret spaces of the deep. Intentionally. With fervor. We are silhouettes made of stardust, given faces and smiles sewnContinue reading “Awakened”

The Faith That Formed Me

  The Faith That Formed Me by Ingrid Lochamire On an early spring evening, I stood in line for the symbolic smudge of ashes marking the first day of Lent. I was unprepared for what that touch to my forehead would do to my heart as in the glow of candlelight, I stepped back inContinue reading “The Faith That Formed Me”

Products of Personal Care

  Products of Personal Care by Melanie Weldon-Soiset As I push some soap bars to the side of my DC linen closet, I discover a bright pink sunscreen bottle, SPF 65. “Non-greasy dry feel!,” it proudly boasts. Designed in California USA, assembled in the Philippines. I study the bottle while the memories wash over me.Continue reading “Products of Personal Care”

Gilt Gift

  Gilt Gift by Jody Collins Sometimes I guilt myself right out of joy. Like the surprise of an iridescent butterfly from an unsightly cocoon, who would expect this shimmering show in morning sunlight? My eyes trained on Northwest firs framed in blue, frosted feeders, feathered presents hidden among the trees. Moments pass. I’ve heldContinue reading “Gilt Gift”