Shades of Memory

Once upon a bright Californian desert, I lived in fear of the sun. That fear might have been inspired by an incident with a seat buckle when I was a toddler. Back then, car seats exposed more metal than what's allowed today. I don't remember the incident but know I witnessed my sister burn on… Continue reading Shades of Memory

Glimmer: Dream Dawn

Dreamlike butterfly in black and white

"Dream Dawn" by A.L. Thoughts flitter past: translucent butterflies void of color and pattern. I am rock, not the powerful creature full of energy that directs body and mind. Both rest, waiting. At dawn, light creeps into mind’s crevices, returning life to stone flesh. Originally posted as "Predawn Pallor" (2009).

Glimmer: Voices Left Behind

Illustration of flowery symbols in a chickadee

"Fly" by A.L. "You won't fly again," they said. My wings spread. "Never." I rise on my exhale. "Voices Left Behind" by A.L. My father-in-law was told after a war injury that he would never walk again. He walks. My aunt was told that she died years ago. She lives. I have known people who… Continue reading Glimmer: Voices Left Behind