Trailing Light – Polished Personal

What do these texts suggest about the conflict between pursuing a personal desire and choosing to conform? ____________________      Every night, I would fall asleep to the rhythmic, soothing, perpetual sound of the watchman’s whistle. I knew that if I were to peer out my window, he would be there— pacing around the block, […]

Infringed Love

Often, our ability to pursue actions is tainted by the perceptions of others. Instead of relying on ourselves as the source of certainty we require to pursue said actions; our belief is molded to concede to others’ perceptions of the circumstance as more valid and true. Usually in such instances, individuals have been forced to […]

Silver Web of Happiness

The following personal response is a short story, inspired by Sylvia Plath’s “I Thought That I Could Not Be Hurt,” which explores the perplexing nature of abuse amongst loved ones. ____________________ Carelessly, I swatted the web away from the tree, then shook my hand to try to rid it of the silky, silvery string. It […]

Glass Roses

The following personal response is a short story, initially inspired by a symbol in Alden Nowlan’s “The Glass Roses,” but built upon by Sergeant Nibley’s epilogue regarding the Holocaust, in which he presents an invigorating question: “is it possible a picture so hideous and painful can be such a beautiful portrait of human love and dignity?” […]

As Seeing Are the Blind

As seeing are the blind, unseeing are the wise: who tremble against the tides of truth that come crashing against the shores: threatening loud demanding to sweep them away.   As seeing are the blind, unseeing are the wise: always glimpsing only glimpsing; at the waves of actuality. Before they look at each other turn […]

The Power of Words

I believe in the power of words. Because when we do not speak, when words are stuck in our throat with nowhere to go-  we choke. It is in the choking silence that we are bound to endure, to suffer, to be oppressed. It is this silence that fuels the oppressors, the tyrants, the dictators, […]