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Prince Charming

Prince Charming

October 19, 2019

When I was five years old, I asked you what love was You told me one day Prince Charming would surely come. Sitting in a tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G was all the rage, I asked again at thirteen and you told me, “boys only want one thing.” I turned f...

Young hearts: a pair of poems

Young hearts: a pair of poems

October 18, 2019

1. The Mind that Scares Adults  It’s terrible, really Knowing the next time You fall Could be worse than the first.   I can’t look at you Because the thought Of you not looking back Hurts.   And it would be a lie...

Risk

Risk

October 18, 2019

She asked me, “How do you do it?”  Her eyes were wide, and her hair whipped every which way in the wind. I looked at her sideways. “Do what?” We had just jumped across a ravine, a scar in the earth only a few meters deep and a few yards across. I...

Liquor Store Romeo

Liquor Store Romeo

October 16, 2019

I. The summer I never got through Breaking through the surface, I breathed the salty air. It was the middle of the summer and everything was blue. I could sense him near me. I ducked back under the surface and let the waves move my carefree body. I ...

The Last Time

The Last Time

October 16, 2019

Alissa and Daniel walked out of the theater at night.  “I don’t understand, so he was the killer or was it his mom?” Alissa asked.  Daniel scoffed, “His mom is the killer; Jason doesn't come in until the second film, babe.”  Alissa...

Dazy

Dazy

October 16, 2019

Daisies were in the sky. Flowers were woven into her dark, slightly frizzy hair. The sky was calm. The sun was shining. The softness of her face, the storm in her eyes, the meadow she stood in: it was as beautiful as suicide. It was the calm before the...

When people say “Reform is the answer”

When people say “Reform is the answer”

October 8, 2019

All I see are police officers taking away my mom Each time she emerged from your prisons Each time worse than the last   All I see is the violence of “correctional” officers against her when she needed the most support. The violence she felt ...

Season unending

Season unending

October 8, 2019

Fire flashed across her vision, sparking discord in the ashes of her mind. The dreams of sleep, of love and sunshine, of night and fear, faded in that flash of flame. Her nostrils curled. The taste of acrid smoke and burning plastic tainted her tongue. Hea...

Waiting for rain

Waiting for rain

October 8, 2019

“You’re late.” The rain was coming down in sheets around them, pouring out of the inky sky. “I can’t keep doing this,” she said. “Doing what? Smoking in the rain?”  He chuckled to himself, taking a long drag of his soggy ...

The Oak Leaf Variety Competition

The Oak Leaf Variety Competition

October 7, 2019

Prompt: Write a 650-word or less, creative writing piece based on the photo prompt above. Your piece must be centered around the theme of “Change.” Your submission can be a short story, poem or any other creative piece. The No. 1 submission will...

Secession is the only credible course of action for a state as cool as California.

In favor of secession

March 7, 2019

I may not surf, smoke pot, be transgender or ride a skateboard, but by Goddess I’m as Californian as you can get. I spent my privileged and misguided youth hiking the open, Oak-studded coastal foothills bordering Silicon Valley, in the shadows of Koko the...

Ask Willow: Safe sex

Ask Willow: Safe sex

April 26, 2018

Dear Willow, How do I ask a new sex partner about their sexual history and request safe sex practices? -Safe Sex   Dear Safe Sex, Don’t shy away from bringing up this conversation with any sexual partner. It’s very important to k...

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