Humanoid

Text: "They attacked us in our dreams. No one had expected humans capable of invading minds."

How
monstrous
we might appear
to any sentient life that
misread our tendencies.


Content on this page was previously posted, August 2017.

 

Interior of Trinity College, Dublin © James_Jester

Within the Trio

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“Within the Trio”

by A.L.

In the tense silence, a tremor passes from each soldier to the next.

“Engage!” Discordant mayhem engulfs the cry.
Within the swarm, sight conquers, deciphering enemy from ally.

Two allies swirl around the advancing center that is me.
Focusing past them, I track then disarm fragments of the enemy.
In the end, we straddle the army that understood nothing of our power, our unity.


“Within the Trio” (2009) was originally posted as a response to a trigger challenge.

Interior of Trinity College, Dublin © James_Jester
Interior of Trinity College, Dublin © James_Jester

 

Illustration of flowery symbols in a chickadee

Voices Left Behind

“Fly”

by A.L.

“You won’t fly again,” they said.
My wings spread.
“Never.”
I rise on my exhale.

Illustration of flowery symbols in a chickadee

“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 believe that once broken, one is broken forever.
Yet I heal.

Don’t listen to the voices that would keep you from spreading your wings.


Content originally published in 2017.