Latest Short stories & Poems

A Surge of Senses

A Surge of Senses

We strung up lights and put stars in the sky, and she held me as we danced over rain-kissed earth. I listened as the voices that calmed me most sang our favorite lines in breathless whispers. We ran into wet grass with fingers intertwined, and the sky’s contented tears ran with my own.

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Second Place Winner: Endbringer

The time has come for the king to die. I wrap my cloak around me, feeling chilled despite my burning thirst to be anywhere but here in this moment. I hate what I do, and my heart beats hollow in my ears as I step into the sunlight, bearing no shadow, leaving no sound. I glance at the doors of the golden hall, at the sacred crest of arms carved deep into the ancient wood.

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Dear Rose

Dear Rose, Why do you quiver when the breeze brushes against your face? Does the wind scare you? You protect yourself with thorns, but why? Is beauty so much a curse that you choose to hide?

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First Place Winner: Backstays of the Sun

He only sees white. White walls, white countertop at the front desk, white tiles beneath his feet. Sturdy white sneakers belonging to doctors and nurses clip-clop across the floor. They wear blue, like splinters of the sky cascading through the hallways.

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A True Man

For many years, I’ve stood alone; I’ve watched the world grow old and gray; I’ve seen the lands around me fail; I’ve viewed events both wild and fey.

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